SOLD – Comprising of a wooden barrelled single draw telescope, two additional eye pieces and mahogany case, the telescope signed on the back collar, ‘Bradford, 136 Minories, London – Improved – Day or Night’. Isaac Bradford worked from this address from 1808 – 1822.
The scope measures 40″ ( 102 cms ) extended and 25.5″ ( 65 cms ) pushed in, with a main lens of 42mm diameter. It gives a good, clear image when viewed through, the lenses damage free.
The case has a hand written instruction sheet to the inside lid that states, ‘The small tube marked Greater Magnifyer to be used only in very clean Weather. The Night Tube to be used for Night Only’.
This was an age of inovation and novelty. The compendium was aimed at widening the appeal that a telescope and its accessories can have. A rare item in good working condition throughout.
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I live in Lancashire (U.K.) and have been a dealer and collector of scientific and nautical instruments for a number of years. My stock has included some fine items from museums and colleges, which were surplus to their requirements. I occasionally purchase some interesting items from abroad, having established some reliable sources.