C19th Cary Multi-Draw Telescope, 7 Draws

C19th Cary Multi-Draw Telescope, 7 Draws

Stock Number: 88


For sale here is a seven draw telescope made by Cary, of the Strand, in London, as engraved on the first draw. It has seven separate brass draws, and the main barrel is covered in black leather.


Open, 22.5 inches long and 45mm diameter



Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Navigational instruments, Telescopes - Refracting


For sale is a seven draw telescope made by Cary, engraved “Cary, 181 Strand, London” on the first draw, and “Adjusting tube” on the second draw. With a brass colour and construction, the main barrel is covered in a modern black leather sleeve. Overall length extended is 22.5″, closed it is 5.25″ long and at the objective, 45mm diameter. 

The Cary family operated throughout the nineteenth Century, mainly in the first 50 years, from various London bases, but the main office was at 181 Strand. This telescope has the objective lens cap and the winking cover over the eyepiece still present, and extends fairly smoothly, although there is obvious impact damage on the lens cap and the eyepiece surround. The screw threads are all reasonable, and run free allowing the objective lens to be cleaned when needed.

Focus is adjusted by moving the first two draws in and out – moving them separately reduces the magnification. Otherwise it is easy to use and compact to transport.

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GB Telescope Collector

I first started using a telescope in the 60s, to identify aeroplanes arriving at Yeadon airport, in Yorkshire. Then I started to collect and restore vintage brass scopes in the 1990s. The collection boomed later, in the early days of the internet, rising to around 300 in number. I then made a lot of friends via the internet, advising them on how to identify, date or repair their scopes. At the age of 72 I need to disperse these wonderful bits of engineering history, because they still work today as well as they did 200+ years ago! That is the fascination....Some of my collection have already been sold to collectors spread around, in the UK, USA, Ireland, Israel, France and Germany. Several have been returned to the UK descendants of the people who made them, or relations of their previous owners, because they found the stories on my website. Now the collection needs to be dispersed more systematically, so therefore Fleaglass.com is the place to find the real enthusiasts. The first dozen or so telescopes will be added shortly, so please visit this site again soon! Alternatively, if you are looking for a specific telescope, tell me, as maybe I have one!
Nick Denbow, based in Alresford, Hampshire: contact via email on nick@nickdenbow.com

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