SOLD – Portable telescope with case & stand – Gilbert & Co.

SOLD – Portable telescope with case & stand – Gilbert & Co.

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Circa

1800

Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Telescopes, Telescopes - Refracting

Description

SOLD – A three draw mahogany barrelled telescope signed, ‘Gilbert & Co, 148 Leadenhall St., London. Best Improved’.

The company was recorded as working in 1800 and probably worked as a distribution agent for the several independant manufacturers of the Gilbert family, three of which worked from that address.

The telescope fully extended measures 28.5″ (72 cms) and 9.5″ ( 25 cms) when closed. The main lens is a triple element glass with a diameter of 42 mm giving a magnification of 20 x.

The spare eye-piece gives a magnification of  32 x. Bothe give a fine, sharp image.

The height of the stand is 13″ ( 33 cms ). The telescope has a dust slider and lens cap.

All in good condition throughout.

The mahogany case has had some restoration (old crack to lid and base).

This is an early example of its type.

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