EXQUISITE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY MONOCULAR
Stock Number: 1004
For sale, 18th century monocular signed "Dollond, London." In typical fashion for the period, it is made of lovely contrasting materials and is a Galilean optical design with upright images.
2-3/4" to 3-3/4" (7 to 9.5 cm)
c. third quarter 18th century
Country of manufacture
UK and Ireland
EXQUISITE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY MONOCULAR, English, c. third quarter 18th century, signed “Dollond, London.” Opening from 2-3/4″ to 3-3/4″ (7 to 9.5 cm) by single drawtube, the monocular is constructed of beautifully contrasting dark stained mount, green rayskin, silver bands, wood interior, and red leather stamped in silver with the most delicate, flowing flowering vines. It is a Galilean optical design, giving upright images, the 1-5/8″ diameter singlet objective having large light gathering power. Condition is excellent. It is a most elegant instrument, from the period when a combination of the finest materials was most fashionable, by a foremost optician of the day.
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David and Yola Coffeen both have enjoyed academic careers, as planetary astronomer and as linguist/educator. But since 1982 (yes, 1982!) they have been full-time dealers in early scientific and medical instruments, under the name Tesseract. Selling primarily by catalogue (over 100 issued so far) they also have a web presence at www.etesseract.com, and can be contacted at [email protected].