An Antique, Mahogany Cased, All Brass Refracting,Library Telescope, By Cary London, with a 2-1/2 inch Objective, and excellent Optics . C1820

An Antique, Mahogany Cased, All Brass Refracting,Library Telescope, By Cary London, with a 2-1/2 inch Objective, and excellent Optics . C1820

Stock Number: 20191118A


Offered for Sale is this Antique, all brass, Refracting, Library Telescope, by Cary, London. With a 2-1/2 inch Objective lens,. There is an all brass Tripod with Cabriole legs. Clearly signed "Cary London" to the rear of the main body. Contained in it's original mahogany case. Telescope has accessories, and Optics are excellent. C 1820.


See Text



Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Telescopes, Telescopes - Refracting


Offered for Sale is this Antique, all brass, Library,Refracting Telescope, by Cary, London. Comprising a  28-1/2 inch main round body, with a 2-1/2 inch main Objective lens, with a fitted brass end cap.  Attached to the main body is a hinged brass tripod upstander [ 10 inches],  with 3 Cabriole shaped, hinged feet.  Attached to the upright is a  brass strut, with a rack & pinion mechanism, which attaches at 2 points on the main body, for angle adjustment when the telescope is deployed. There is a brass Terrestrial/Refracting tube, using a compound lens system to give an upright image. When attached, the o/a length is 41 inches fully extended, using the in built rack and pinion focus system. There is also a single, simple, celestial lens, with built in anti sun filter, giving an inverted image.  The optics are excellent, giving a clear image, with accurate focus.  The makers name, “Cary/London”, is engraved to the rear end of the main body.  All brass work is in excellent condition, with only a very minor, unobtrusive dent, in an otherwise undented and unblemished state. The original lacquer is virtually intact, and now to a typical pleasant honey coloured patina of age.    Contained in it’s original fitted and green beige lined, Mahogany case.  This has a hinged lid, 2 brass brackets, in generally a good condition, with minor dings and wear of use, and to a nice dark mahogany patina of age.  The case measures …30-3/4 inches x 6-1/2 inches x 4 inches.  Dated C1820-1830…perhaps even earlier. 

Ask the Dealer

Item enquiry

To enquire about this item, complete the form bellow to send a message to the Dealer

Enter Email
Confirm Email

Dealer information

GB Millais Antiques

I have been interested in scientific instruments since my grammar school days in the 1950s then university at Guys Hospital, London, where I qualified in 1961, and then working as a Dental Surgeon, until retirement from that profession, in 2004.. My antiques business was set up 45 years ago, having followed in the footsteps of my father. Throughout this time I have dealt in scientific instruments, mainly of a military connection. This includes military instruments, microscopes, compasses, Nauticalia, Telescopes, large and small, Binoculars, especially of the German and British Naval forces of the 2nd WW, general optical items and even writing cases.

I attend the Science Fair in,London, and other Antique Fairs, especially the IACF Fairs, at Ardingly, West Sussex, The "Military Odyssey" at Detling, Kent, and occasionaly,the Bisley Fairs, and Birmingham, at the NMM.

To contact me by email, my primary address is, but in order to reach my electronic devices, namely my iPhone/iPad, please either Cc, or direct to them, via my secondary email ...

Shipping information
Payment methods
Terms & conditions