Large telescope by E.Vion, Paris, 42 inches long when open

Large telescope by E.Vion, Paris, 42 inches long when open

Stock Number: 200


A four draw telescope constructed of brass, plated silver, with black leather on the barrel and dark grey external surfaces. Very long length, fully working with good lenses.


42 inches long open


Unknown, early C20

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Categories: Maritime, Telescopes, Navigational instruments, Telescopes - Refracting


At 42 inches long this is a large telescope, the body has a diameter of 62mm. It is engraved on the first draw “E. VION, PARIS”, and gives a high magnification. The eyepiece has a winking cover, which when closed offers a ruby filter, suggested to be used for protecting the eyes when looking at bright objects. The objective has no cover, it appears to have been a flap type hinged onto the splash shield. The four brass coloured draws are dent free, run smoothly, and the lenses are clean and undamaged. There is also a rather battered cardboard case.

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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. Since then I have made a lot of friends via the internet, advising them on how to identify, date or repair their scopes. At the age of 74 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 relatives of their previous owners, because they found the stories on my website. Now the collection needs to be dispersed more systematically. If you are looking for a specific telescope, just ask, maybe I have one! If you want better pictures of the telescopes shown here, these can be emailed. Nick Denbow, based in Alresford, Hampshire: contact via email on [email protected]

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