CW Dixey three draw brass telescope

CW Dixey three draw brass telescope

Stock Number: 238


For sale is a brass three draw telescope made by CW Dixey, engraved "Opticians to the Queen", from New Bond Street, London. The telescope is an antique, dating from between 1839 to 1862.


17 inches long



Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Navigational instruments, Telescopes - Refracting


A Victorian brass telescope made by Charles Wastell Dixey is offered for sale. It is engraved on the first draw, in script, CW Dixey, Optician to the Queen, 3 New Bond Street, London. He operated from this address from 1839 to 1862. The barrel is brass, with the exterior surface machined in a form of wood grain effect. Draws 2 and 3 have air holes to enable easier closing and opening. Overall length open is 17″, closed it is 6″ long, and the diameter at the objective is 1.4″.

All three draws are smooth and appear undamaged, with a few scratches: the objective lens has a small chip at one side, which I have tried to show in the photo. There is no objective cap, but the eyepiece winking cover is still present and working.

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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 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

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