Early French Achromatic Spyglass In Silver And Ivory By Marie Au Griffon, Circa 1755

Early French Achromatic Spyglass In Silver And Ivory By Marie Au Griffon, Circa 1755

1400 euros



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Categories: Telescopes, Monoculars, Opera Glasses, Telescopes - Other


A very early example of an achromatic French spyglass with double lenses objective signed on the green vellum body tube “Marie au griffon”.

The spyglass is made in ivory and solid silver and preserved in its galuchat original case lined in red velvet with silver hinge and clasp.


This is a high quality spyglass. The condition is excellent and the optical conservation perfect given a sharp and beautiful image.


A very rare French achromatic telescope datable from the time where the brother Dollond patente their achromatic objective.


The Maries are a demanding Parisian family of instrument maker, established “Quai de l’horloge” at the signof the “Griffon”. According to Nachet, Marie père furnishe glasswork to the Observatory. His son signed a telescope dated from 1747.

This achromatic spyglass could be the work of Marie son.


Pristine condition.

Spyglass : 7,5 cm lenght closed and 5,1 cm diameter

Case : 8×6 cm

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