Table-Top Variable Power Telescope by Plossl of Wien , ca. 1835

Table-Top Variable Power Telescope by Plossl of Wien , ca. 1835

Stock Number: FG_22015


This brass tabletop refractor telescope was made by Plössl of Wien, It has a round parallel barrel with a beveled objective lens cell, having a push-on cap. It has three draws, with a small handle covering a screw, fitted to the largest draw. The eyepiece has a thumbwheel used to select between four different eye lenses. The four lenses are labeled 1 through 4 and have different magnifications. It dates to around 1835.




Plössl of Wien

Countries of manufacture

Other, Germany

Categories: Scientific, Telescopes, Other Maritime Antiques, Natural history, Surveying Instruments & Mining, Telescopes - Other, Telescopes - Refracting


The Austrian maker Simon Georg Plössl made these Galilean telescopes before 1738. In many cases, they were signed “Plössl in Wien,” but there are some known examples, such as this one, of unsigned instruments. Similar telescopes signed by Plössl in Wien van be seen on the following links:

The front lens is an achromatic doublet, and the four eyepieces on the revolver are negative focus singlets. 

The telescope is generally in good condition with age scratches on the gilded brass. The blackened handle covering the screw (optionally used to attach the telescope to a wooden base) has a crack, but it is stable. One lens in the eyepiece revolver is damaged. These issues are shown in the photos in detail. The offering price considers these issues. This is a rare early telescope of a significant European instrument maker who later developed the Plössl ocular for telescopes, which is still used today.

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