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WW2 Scout Regiments Mk 2.S  telescope by Kodak Eastman Co

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This is a really fine example of a WW2 Scout Regiment telescope, probably made toward the end of the war, as its covered in the vulcanised rubber finish on the main barrel, instead of leather which by that time had become quite scarce.
A rare model, it is engraved ‘TEL. SCT. REGT. MK. 2. S, K.E.C. O.S. 126 G.A. 21445’ on the first draw, which is believed to indicate it was made by the Kodak Eastman Company at their factory in North London, and was issued during WW2 as part of the No 4T British Sniper Rifle as a target spotting telescope to the scout regiments, and this example also has the military arrow impressed on it.
The cosmetic condition is exceptional as can be seen from the photos, and it has clean undamaged optics which produce the sharp clear image one would expect from a telescope with such a pedigree.
The brass draw tubes retain virtually all of their non reflective coating, still have a firm action, are all dent free, and the eyepiece has a swivel dust cover which incorporates a light filter.
It comes with its original separate hard leather case which, is also in excellent condition as can be seen from the photos, with all stitching intact and a sturdy shoulder strap. Incidentally, both the case and strap are also impressed with the military arrow.
It has a 2" main objective lens, measures 10.5" closed and 31.75" fully extended including sunshade.
The weight is 1.2kgs and 1.6kgs with its case, making it an ideal field telescope for stalking or spotting.

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Classic single draw Naval Officer of the Watch telescope by Kelvin & Hughes Ltd

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This is a fine example of a single draw Officer of the Watch telescope made for naval use, and engraved 'Kelvin & Hughes Ltd, 0416/171'
Kelvin & Hughes was created by the merger of the famous instrument makers Henry Hughes & Son with Kelvin Bottomley & Baird in 1947, and the company still operates today having abbreviated the name to Kelvin Hughes in 1961, but as part of the Smiths Group plc.
In excellent cosmetic condition and dating to the early 1950's, the main barrel is covered in its original dark tan leather stitched cladding, and the draw tube and fittings are nickel silver plated, all of which are in excellent dent free cosmetic condition.
All lenses are in good undamaged condition, giving a very clear and sharp image, with a magnification of around 20x through its 32mm objective lens, which is protected by a leather end cap.
A classic style telescope in great condition and fully functional, it measures 18" closed and just under 26" fully extended with sliding sun shade.

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19th century 3 draw mahogany barreled telescope by Henry Hughes, 59 Fenchurch Street, London.

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Made by Henry Hughes in London sometime around 1850, this is a brass & mahogany barrelled telescope engraved in flowing script ‘H. Hughes, 59 Fenchurch Srt, London.’ on the first draw.
It’s a compact 3 draw midshipman style telescope which measures just under 23” (582 mm) fully extended, and 7.5” (190 mm) closed, the weight is just under 380 grams.
The main objective lens is a triplet with the outer lens being green tinted glass, has a diameter of 35mm and produces a clear well focused image of around 15 - 20x magnification, and all lenses including internal ones are in good condition.
The whole telescope also disassembles easily for access to the internal lenses, and although there is no protective brass end cap for the objective, it does have an internal dust cover inside the eyepiece cup.

The three polished brass draw tubes are in good condition, and as can be seen from the photos the mahogany barrel is also in fine condition with no splits or cracks.
A working antique telescope by a much sought after maker.

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Muldivo Mentor mechanical pinwheel calculator

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Made toward the latter part of the 19th century, this is a fine example of the famous Lord Bury telescope made by J H Steward in London.
It has a pancratic tube which has 3 graduation lines, indicating ascending magnification levels of 25x,30x & 35x, which according to a J H Steward catalogue of the time quote: "will show a flagstaff at 22 miles, and show the time by a church clock at 6 miles"
The 40mm objective lens delivers a clear sharp image which is well focused, and all lenses including internal ones are free from any damage.
Also in very good cosmetic condition, the 3 draw tubes have a firm but smooth draw action, retaining the majority of their original anti glare coating, and are completely dent free,
It has a leather covered main barrel and leather end caps, with all stitching and seams intact
Engraved ' J.H. STEWARD LTD, 406 STRAND, LONDON ' on the first draw, there is also an additional brass plaque on the leather clad main barrel which reads ' THE LORD BURY TELESCOPE, J.H. STEWARD LTD, 406 STRAND, No 6125, LONDON '
It measures 10.5" closed, 34" open with sunshade extended, and is a quality telescope weighing just under 1.1kg.

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Large 3 draw field telescope 25 to 40x magnification with 60mm lens

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This is a powerful high quality 3 draw field telescope by Broadhurst Clarkson with a pancratic tube giving 4 levels of magnification, 25-30-35-40.
With a stitched leather cladding on the tapered barrel, it comes with its separate hard leather case, and is in very good condition all round.
Optically perfect with undamaged lenses throughout, it's engraved on the second draw Broadhurst Clarkson & Co, 63 Farringdon Road, London E.C. 
Measuring 35" fully extended with rayshade, and 10.5" closed, the large 60mm objective glass delivers a bright, sharp image, focusing from around 15 metres to infinity.
The telescope is further protected with a brass end cap for the main lens and an integral dust slide in the eyepiece, all tubes and main barrel are dent free.

Weighing just under 1.3 kgs, and 1.7 kgs with its case, this is a substantial telescope in very good cosmetic condition which produces a first class image.

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Canadian Kodak Company Officer of the Watch Naval telescope

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A classic single draw Naval Officer of the Watch telescope, engraved 'CKC Pattern 373 No 231' on the first draw, and also has the Canadian C military arrow.
Measuring 17" closed and 26" fully extended, the powerful 42mm object lens delivers a sharp, clear image of approx 18x , and this telescope is as practical today as when it was first made.
Made by the Canadian Kodak Company, and weighing 1.5kgs, these telescopes were specially constructed for Naval use and are very robust, with nickel plated draw tube and fittings.

The telescope is free of any dents, and disassembles for easy access to all the lenses which are in clean undamaged condition.
In good cosmetic condition, the main barrel is leather clad with all stitching intact, and the draw tube has a smooth draw action.

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19th century 3 draw mahogany & brass telescope  by J P Cutts

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Made by John Priston Cutts, during the mid 19th century, this is a 3 draw mahogany barreled telescope, engraved 'J.P.Cutts, London' in an ornate script, on the first draw.
Intended for marine use, it has a mahogany barrel with three brass draw tubes, and still has its original green tint objective lens which has a visible diameter of 35mm.
All lenses are free from any damage, and the image (approximately 18x magnification) is sharp, albeit with the distinctive green tint which was intended to reduce reflected glare from the sea.
A comfortable size telescope, measuring 7.5" closed and 22.25" extended , it has a visible objective lens diameter of 35mm, giving a sharp image of around 18x magnification.
Housed in a hand made leather case, it's in very good cosmetic condition all round , with dent free tubes, and no splits or cracks in the mahogany barrel. .

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20th century ships general observation telescope by John Lilley & Gillie Ltd, North Shields.

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A fine example of an early 20th century ships telescope engraved 'JOHN LILLEY & GILLIE LTD, NORTH SHIELDS'. Created by the merger of John Lilley & Wilson & Gillie, the company still operates today in the marine industry.
A single draw design with a long tapering main barrel, this is a powerful telescope probably in excess of 25x magnification and the 50mm objective lens delivers a very clear well focused image.
Dating to the 1920's it's in very good condition all round the black leather cladding is firmly in place and the stitched seam is intact.
The draw tube is brass, as are the fitting including the sliding rayshade, and has a smooth draw action, the eyepiece also has an internal swivel dust cover. All lenses are in very good undamaged condition, and the main objective lens is protected by a brass end cap which is likely to be a later replacement, but a good fit nevertheless.
A telescope of impressive proportions, it measures 34.5" fully extended, 24.5" closed, and weighs just under 1.4kgs.

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WW2 Canadian Kodak Company Officer of the Watch Naval telescope

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A fine example of a WW2 single draw Naval Officer of the Watch telescope, engraved 'CKC Pattern 332 A No 395' on the first draw, and also has the Canadian C military arrow.
Made by the Canadian Kodak Company, this pattern 332 type is not only a rare model, but also has a low serial number of 395.
As can be seen from the photos, the cosmetic condition is excellent, with no dents and unbroken stitching on the original leather cladding.
Measuring 17" (435mm) closed and 25.75" (655mm) fully extended, the 30mm objective lens delivers a sharp, clear image of approx 18x.
All lenses are in good order, and the telescope disassembles for easy access, weight is just under 850 grams.

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This is a quite unique late 19th or early 20th century 6 draw pocket telescope by J H Steward.
Its engraved "The 'Naturalist' J H Steward, 406 & 457 Strand, London", which suggests it was made specifically for nature watchers such as ornithologists in the field.
Measuring only 4" (100mm) closed, the six draws extend to 16" (400mm) making it the ideal accessory for bird spotting on the move.
The cosmetic condition is excellent, having its original leather cladding which is also in good order, and the draw tubes are free of any dents.
All optics are in good undamaged condition, and the 25mm visible diameter objective lens gives a clear sharp image which focuses easily to a magnification of aproximately 15x.
There is a swivel dust slide to the eyepiece, and the telescope comes in its leather outer case.
A compact yet powerful little telescope, not only great to use, but a fine example of a type that really does not come along very often.

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Mid 19th century 2 draw marine telescope by J Hyde Bristol

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An exceptional condition two draw leather clad marine telescope signed 'J Hyde BRISTOL' on the first draw, who is recorded as working from 1841 to 1852 in Bristol.
The tapered main barrel is clad in a dark coloured leather, expertly stitched with only minimal scuffing, and has dent free draw tubes which still have a firm but smooth draw action.
Protected by a brass end cap with external slide, the 40mm objective glass produces a clear focused image of approximately 20x power and has its original green tint for reduced glare at sea.
The eyepiece is protected by an integral swivel dust cover inside the brass eyecup.
Measuring 13.75" closed and 30.25" extended, this is a signed antique telescope of over 150 years old which is in full working order with undamaged clear optics.

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1940's Officer of the Watch telescope by B Cooke & Son, Hull.

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This is a relatively rare example of a 20th century Officer of the Watch style telescope, engraved 'B. COOKE & SON LTD, HULL' on the first draw, which is for the clockmaker & optician Bernard Cooke who founded the company in 1863, and is still in business today as an instrument maker and Admiralty Chart agent
This telescope probably dates to the 1940's, and is likely to be post WW2, but as can be seen from the photos is in exceptional cosmetic condition.
The main barrel is covered in its original dark brown leather stitched cladding, and the draw tube and fittings are silvered brass, which are in excellent dent free condition.
All lenses are clean & free of any damage, producing a clear and sharp image through the 35mm visible diameter objective lens, which is protected by an attached leather end cap, whilst the eyepiece has an integral swivel dust cover.
A classic style of Naval telescope, it measures 17.25" closed, 25" fully extended with sliding sun shade and weighs just over 1kg.

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Naval Officer of the Watch single draw telescope by Gieves Ltd.

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A classic Naval Officer of the Watch single draw telescope engraved ‘GIEVES Ltd, No 9492’ who were Naval Outfitters to the Royal Navy, and are still in business today trading as Gieves & Hawks.
A very clean telescope, the draw tube retains all its nickel plating whilst the shaft and collar have been polished back to brass.
The main barrel is covered in its original leather cladding which is in good complete condition and all stitching is intact.
With a smooth draw action, both the draw tube and main barrel are free from any dents, and the main lens is protected by its push fit cap, whilst the eyepiece cup has an internal swivel dust cover for added protection.
It has a 32mm objective lens which produces a well focused & clear image with a magnification of approx 18x, and all lenses are free of any damage.
This is a fully functional telescope which is in very good condition, as can be seen from the photos, and fully disassembles for access to all lenses which are free from chips.
Dating to the early part of the 20th century, this is a classic Naval telescope, measuring 17.5” (445mm) closed and 25” (635mm) fully extended with ray shade.

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Single draw Coast Guard telescope by Cary London

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This is a powerful example of a turn of the century Coast Guard telescope engraved 'CARY. LONDON 93074'.
A single draw design made from nickel plated brass, this is a powerful telescope, probably in excess of 30x magnification and the 55mm visible diameter objective lens delivers a clear, sharp image. All lenses are free of any damage and the telescope easily disassembles for access to the internal lenses.
In very good condition all round, the tapered main barrel has its original stitched leather cladding which is in complete condition, but does have some surface pitting.
This is a telescope of impressive proportions, measuring 35" fully extended, 29" closed, and weighing just under 1.5kgs. The eyepiece also has an internal swivel dust cover, and the rayshade is of the screw on type, all tubes are dent free.
Coast Guard telescopes in good condition are rare, and its a testament to their quality & performance, that a small number from this era are still in use today by some UK Coast Guards!
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Vintage 2 draw variable power telescope by T Cooke & Sons  of York

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Here is a nice example of a 2 draw variable power telescope with a tapered leather clad main barrel, made by T Cooke & Sons of York.
A great telescope, with exceptional power by the use of a four stage push fit pancratic tube giving 30x,40x, 50x, 60x, magnifications, it measures 39.5" fully extended and 14.5" closed.
Surprisingly for its size and power, its very manageable in use as the weight is relatively low, weighing in at under 1.2 Kgs.
As can be seen from the photos, the condition is very good all round, with all the stitching on the dark brown leather cladding intact, and the nickel plated draw tubes still retain a smooth yet firm draw action.
Dating to the turn of the 19th century and probably made for naval use, all lenses are in fine undamaged order, giving a clear and sharp image through the large 50mm objective lens, and there is also a separate press fit cover to protect the objective lens, the eyepiece cup also has a built in swivel dust cover.

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4 draw marine telescope by Adie & Son, Edinburgh

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A fine antique 4 draw rosewood banded marine telescope, engraved 'Adie & Son, EDINBURGH'.
This maker was working in Edinburgh between 1835 to 1880, and I would date this particular style of telescope to around 1860.
A comfortable size telescope, measuring 8" closed and just under 30" fully extended including sun/dew hood, it has an objective lens visible diameter of 40mm, giving a sharp clear image of around 20x magnification, and all lenses are free from damage.
Four draw telescopes are not very common and this is a nice example which is in very good condition all round, the rosewood barrel in particular has a wonderfully rich patination and the draw action is smooth.
It comes with what appears to be its original hard leather case, and incorporates a swivel shutter for the eyepiece.

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Early 19th century 3 draw marine telescope by G Davis London

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Early 19th century signed telescopes are becoming increasingly difficult to find in good original condition, but this fine example was made around 1825 by G. Davis London, and engraved as such in copperplate script on the first draw.
Made for marine use, it has a mahogany barrel with three brass draw tubes, and still has its original green tint objective lens which has a visible diameter of 40mm.
All lenses are free from any chips, and the image is sharp, albeit with the distinctive green tint which was intended to reduce reflected glare from the sea.
Housed in its fabric covered case, it's in very good cosmetic condition all round , with dent free tubes, measuring 29" fully extended and closes down to just over 9".

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Impressive Dollond of London 3 draw field telescope

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A nice condition 3 draw leather clad field telescope engraved Dollond London with a pancratic tube giving 4 levels of magnification, 25-30-35-40.
Covered in a leather cladding, it comes with leather end caps and carrying strap which may be later replacements as the colours are several shades lighter, and dates to the mid part of the 20th century.
It's in very good condition all round, with no dents, and the draw tubes still have much of the original bronze finish, with a firm draw action indicating its probably not seen a great deal of use.
The large 55mm visible diameter objective lens delivers a clear sharp image, and all lenses are in good undamaged condition.
It weighs just under 1.3kgs, and measures 10.5" closed, 34" open with sunshade extended,
An ideal telescope for stalking, it compares quite favourably to the modern stalking telescopes by Gray & Co which retail at over £1200!

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Single draw Day or Night marine telescope by G E Hicks Plymouth

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Superb early 19th century single draw leather clad Ships telescope of impressive proportions, measuring 21" closed and 38" fully extended with ray shade, it weighs 1.7kgs.
Engraved 'G E Hicks. 16 & 17 South Side St, PLYMOUTH, Day or Night' this is a quality piece that dates to around 1840.
It has a 40mm visible diameter objective lens which delivers a very clear sharp image and is free from any damage as are all the other internal lenses. The telescope disassembles fully for access to all lenses, and has slides at each end for lens protection.
Cosmetically it's also in good condition with minimal dings on the draw tube, but it is important to note that the leather cladding is not original having been re-covered at some point, albeit very well with an almost invisible seam.. A classic maritime antique telescope, which not only displays well, but is a pleasure to use.

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Single draw 19th century Naval telescope with case

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This is a classic single draw ships general observation telescope which comes with what appears to be a purpose hand made leather case for protection.
Unsigned and dating to the latter part of the 19th century, this telescope is not only visually impressive with its lacqured brass fittings, but also delivers a sharp, clear image of approximately 18x magnification through the 40mm visible diameter objective lens.
It features a long tapering leather clad barrel, and is a typical naval telescope which would have been used for general observations or reading signals between ships.
The overall cosmetic condition is very good, the leather cladding retaining all its stitching and the sliding draw has a smooth draw action with no dents.
All lenses are in good order and the telescope disassembles for access to the internal lenses.
Dimensions, 19" closed, 26.75" fully extended with sliding sun shade, it also has an internal swivel dust cover on the eyepiece cup, which does have a very small split on the rim.
A fully working single draw naval telescope that is as practical today as when it was first made, weighs just under 0.9kgs on its own & 1.2kgs with its case.

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Ross maritime telescope

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A fine example of a WW1 period, single draw Officer of the Watch Naval telescope signed, ROSS, LONDON, No 36687.
Of nickel plated brass construction with a leather cladding on the main barrel, there is only minor wear and tear on the leather cladding which has all its stitching intact.
It delivers a bright clear image of approximately 18x magnification, through the 32mm visible diameter objective lens and the telescope disassembles for easy access to internal lenses which are all in good undamaged condition.
The nickel plated draw tube is dent free, and still has a firm draw action, the only blemish being some minor deformity of the main lens holder which can just be seen in the photos.
It measures 24" fully extended including sunshade, 16.5" closed, and although there is no end cap the eyepiece is protected by an internal swivel dust cover.
A genuine Ross classic telescope in full working order for all naval and marine collectors.

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J H Steward Marksman 3 draw telescope

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A vintage 3 draw field telescope in very good condition, complete with its original stitched leather covering and end caps, and engraved on the first draw 'The Marksman' J H Steward Ltd, London.
Although this is a relatively slim field telescope with a 40mm objective glass, it delivers a bright sharp image of around 20x magnification.
J H Steward still have a strong association with rifle clubs in the UK, and this model was probably designed for use as a target spotting scope.
All lenses are in good undamaged condition, and all tubes are dent free, with a draw action which is firm but smooth.
The main barrel is leather clad and although there is some staining on the screw on ray shade, the leather work is sound with no gouges, & all stitching is intact.
Measuring 32" fully extended with screw on ray shade, 13" closed, and weighing 1.2 kg makes this a super telescope for regular use, particularly on the move.

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Henry Hughes & Son Officer of the Watch telescope

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A fine example of single draw, Officer of the Watch naval telescope signed, H. HUGHES & SON LTD, LONDON EC3, 13/297/515.
Of nickel silver construction with stitched leather cladding on the main barrel, there is a swivel dust shield for the eyepiece and the objective lens has a leather cap for protection. Generally in good condition throughout, the draw tube does have some tarnishing, with some rubbing on the nickel plating in places, but there are no dents or dings, and the undamaged lenses deliver a powerful clear image of approximately 20x magnification.
All stitching is intact on the brown leather work, and it measures 25" fully extended including sunshade, 17" closed.
With an objective lens of 40mm in diameter and weighing just under 900 grams, it's a larger model than most other Officer of the Watch telescopes, and in full working order.

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Classic Officer of the Watch telescope by Dollond

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Telescopes by Dollond are always of keen interest to collectors, and this single draw Officer of the Watch telescope engraved on the draw tube 'DOLLOND LONDON ' is a fine example.
There are no military arrows on the scope, so it was probably a private purchase from a Naval outfitters.
The cosmetic condition, as can be seen from the photos is particularly good, the main barrel being covered in its original dark tan leather stitched cladding, and the dent free draw tube and fittings are nickel silver plated.
The image is very clear and sharp, with a magnification of around 18x through its 31mm objective lens, which is protected by a removable leather end cap, and all lenses including internal ones are free from any damage.
A classic Naval style telescope from the first quarter of the 20th century by the best known of telescope makers, it measures 18" closed, 25.5" fully extended with sliding sun shade.

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Large 19th century ships telescope by Aubrey Franks

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This large 4 draw ships telescope dates to around 1880 and has has four draw sections extending to an impressive 36" and 10" closed, weighing just over 1kg.
Signed on the first draw 'A. Franks, Optician, Manchester' I believe this is Aubrey Franks who belonged to the famous Franks family founded in the late 18th century by Isaacs Franks. The firm operated in Manchester from 1798 and continued as a family business throughout the 19th & 20th centuries and was finally acquired by Dollond & Aitchison in 1950.
The optics are in remarkably clean, undamaged condition, and the powerful magnification and image clarity are first class from the 50mm diameter main objective lens.
The main barrel has its original leather cladding which has been re-dyed for cosmetic purposes, and there is also a brass cover for the main objective lens, the eye-piece being fitted with a sliding shutter.
An exceptional telescope both in appearance and performance, the brass draw tubes slide smoothly, with only minor usage wear, and are free from any dents.

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Negretti & Zambra 3 draw field telescope 25x power

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This is a superb, condition 3 draw leather clad field telescope by Negretti & Zambra, which appears to have had very little use, retaining all of its non reflective coating on the 3 draw tubes.
A telescope ideal for stalking or spotting, it is optically sound with a 45mm visible diameter objective lens producing a crystal clear image to a magnification of 25x.
The telescope is completely dent free, with a leather covered main barrel and all stitching and seams are intact, including the protective end caps. The eyepiece is further protected by an integral swivel dust cover.
As can be seen from the photos, this telescope is virtually like new, and has the initials S.B.A. professionally embossed on the leather cladding, which I think may stand for the Small Bore rifle Association or similar.
Engraved ' X25 "Tourist" 13/4", Negretti & Zambra, London, No. 727478'' on the first draw, it
measures 10 1/4" closed, 32" open with sunshade extended, a quality telescope weighing just over 1.1 kg, in outstanding cosmetic condition.

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A superb early 19th century single draw ships telescope in exceptional cosmetic condition, measuring 19.5" closed and 35" fully extended and weighing 1.1kgs.
Although unsigned this is a quality piece that dates to around 1820.
Intended for marine use, it has a mahogany barrel with a dent free single brass draw tube, and still has its original green tint objective lens which has a visible diameter of 30mm.
All lenses are free from any damage, and the image (approximately 15x magnification) is sharp, albeit with the distinctive green tint which was intended to reduce reflected glare from the sea.
The telescope has a segmented draw tube for access to the intermediate lens, and disassembles fully for access to all lenses, it also has sliding shutters at each end for lens protection.
The green felt sling case is probably a more recent homemade addition, but has clearly well protected the telescope, which as can be seen from the photos is in superb condition, with the mahogany barrel free from any splits or cracks.

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Rare Officer of the Watch telescope by Heath & Co

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A rare example of a single draw Officer of the Watch Naval telescope signed, 'HEATH & Co Ltd, Makers to the Royal Navy, CRAYFORD, LONDON, 2927'.
Heath & Co are recorded as working from 1845 to 1910, and I would estimate the date of this telescope to be around the turn of the century.
The telescope is of nickel plated brass construction and measures 25" fully drawn with the ray shade extended, but is quite unusual in that the proportion of the single draw tube to the main barrel tube is much more equal, being nearly 11" in length, whereas other Officer of the Watch telescopes tend to have a much shorter draw tube of under 7". However, this has a distinct advantage as it makes for a shorter telescope of 14" when closed, compared to the normal 18".
With a stitched leather cladding on the main barrel, which apart from a few scuffs is in good condition, the undamaged lenses deliver a clear focused image of approximately 18x magnification and there is a swivel dust cover for the eyepiece end. The objective lens would originally have had a leather cover but this is no longer present.
The main barrel & draw tube are dent free, and have a smooth action, but the eyepiece cup has some deformity on its outer edge (see photo) although this is only a cosmetic flaw, and does not affect the operation of the telescope.

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19th century 2 draw marine telescope circa 1830

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A fine example of a large two draw mahogany clad marine telescope dating to circa 1830.
The mahogany barrel is in very good condition with only one hairline scratch approximately 5" long, and the two brass tubes still have a firm draw action.
Protected by a removable brass end cap with external slide, the 35mm objective glass produces a clear focused image of approximately 15 - 20x power and has its original green tint for reduced glare at sea.
The eyepiece is also protected by an external slide built into the cup
Measuring 16" closed and 36" extended it has an unpacked weight of just under 1.2 kgs.

Although unsigned this is a classic antique telescope of over 180 years old which is in full working order with undamaged clear optics.

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25X power field telescope

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This is a powerful, high quality 3 draw leather clad tapered barrel field telescope by Newbold & Bulford, and is engraved 'Field (M/C) 25X, Newbold & Bulford Ltd, LONDON, Made in England' on the first draw.
Measuring 31.5" extended, 10.5" closed, the 50mm objective glass delivers a sharp quality image of 25x magnification and focuses from around 10metres to infinity, with all lenses in good undamaged condition. It comes with a separate hard leather carry case which is generally in good condition, and although missing one of its fastening straps, the top section still stays firmly in place whilst being carried.
The telescope is further protected with a brass end cap for the main lens and an integral dust slide in the eyepiece, all tubes and main barrel are dent free.
Weighing just over 1.4 kgs, and 1.9kgs with its case, this is a substantial telescope in great cosmetic condition which produces a first class image.

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Leather clad marine telescope circa 1870

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A super example of a traditional 3 draw leather clad brass Naval general observation telescope, circa 1870 by W F Archer, an instrument maker working in Liverpool during the second half of the 19th century, and the first draw is engraved 'W.F.Archer, 43 Lord St, Liverpool'.
It measures 34" fully extended with sun shade, 11" closed, and sliding shutters at each end protect the 40mm objective lens and eyepiece.
An antique telescope in very good condition all round, the brass draw tubes are in good order with no dents and still retain a smooth action, the leather cladding is also in good order.
Optically very good, all lenses are undamaged, producing a clear high quality image of around 20x magnification. Suitable for either display or regular use, it's not often that one finds these telescopes in such good condition.

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Single draw 19th century Naval telescope by N & Z

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This is a classic English single draw ships telescope engraved 'NEGRETTI & ZAMBRA LONDON', on the first draw.
Dating to the latter part of the 19th century, this telescope is not only visually impressive with its German nickel silver draw tube & fittings, but also delivers a sharp, clear image of approximately 20x magnification through the 40mm objective lens.
It features a long tapering leather clad barrel which is still in good sound condition, and is a typical naval telescope which would have been used for general observations or reading signals between ships.
The overall cosmetic condition is very good, and the sliding draw has a smooth draw action with no dents. All lenses are in good order, although there is some minor separation of the clear balsaam in the objective lens doublet, but this is only cosmetic and in no way affects the image which really is crystal clear.
Dimensions, 25" closed, 33" fully extended with sliding sun shade, also has an internal swivel dust cover on the eyepiece, which is a later replacement.
A fully working single draw naval telescope that is as practical today as when it was first made, weighs just under 1kg.

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WW2 Canadian Kodak Company Officer of the Watch Naval telescope

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A classic WW2 single draw Naval Officer of the Watch telescope, engraved 'CKC Pattern 373 No 634' on the first draw, and also has the Canadian C enclosed military arrow.
Measuring 17" closed and 27" fully extended, the powerful 42mm object lens delivers a sharp, clear image of approx 15x, and this telescope is as practical today as when it was first made.
Made by the Canadian Kodak Company, and weighing just under 1.5kgs, these telescopes were specially constructed for Naval use and are very robust, with nickel plated draw tube and fittings.
All lenses are free of any chips and protected by a removable end cap for the objective, with an integral dust cover in the eyepiece cup. The telescope also disassembles easily for access to the internal lenses.
In good cosmetic condition, the main barrel still has its original leather cladding with only minimal scuffing, and all stitching is unbroken.
The nickel plating is still very much intact, except in a couple of small areas on the sliding rayshade where the brass has come through, however it still has a smooth draw action, and all tubes are free from any dents.

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Single draw Naval telescope Lilley & Reynolds

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This is a superb single draw Naval Officer of the Watch telescope engraved on the draw tube 'LILLEY & REYNOLDS Ltd, LONDON E.C.3' who were long standing instrument makers to the Admiralty, and originally established in 1880.
The condition is really exceptional as can be seen from the photos, the main barrel being covered in its original light tan leather stitched cladding, and the dent free draw tube and fittings are German nickel silver plated.
The image is very clear and sharp, with a magnification of around 20x through its 31mm objective lens, which is protected by a leather end cap, and an integral swivel dust cover for the eyepiece, all lenses including internal ones are free from any damage.
A classic Naval style telescope from the first half of the 20th century, it measures 18" closed, 25.5" fully extended with sliding sun shade.

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W & S Jones marine telescope circa 1810

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Early 19th century telescopes are becoming increasingly difficult to find in good original condition, particularly bearing the name of any important makers. This particular telescope fits the bill perfectly, having been made around 1810 by William & Samuel Jones at 30 Holborn London, and engraved as such in copperplate script on the first draw.
Made for marine use, it has a mahogany barrel with three brass draw tubes, and still has its original green tint objective lens which is 45mm in diameter. All lenses are free from any chips, and the image is quite sharp, albeit with the distinctive green tint which was intended to reduce reflected glare from the sea. It is in very good cosmetic condition all round , with dent free tubes, measuring 29" fully extended and closes down to just over 9". A fine example of a genuine antique telescope which will continue to increase in value.

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Compact 4 draw field telescope

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An unusually compact yet powerful 4 draw field telescope in great condition, complete with its original leather covering and end caps. Engraved on the eyepiece flange ' H J Redding & Co, Opticians, 3 Argyll Place London, W, Trade Mark Luzo'
The optics are in very good order, and the 38mm objective glass delivers a bright sharp image of 22x magnification. The general condition is excellent throughout, the draw tubes are dent free, and still retain all of their original black finish for avoiding reflective glare when used in field stalking. The leatherwork is also in good condition, with all stitching intact.
Measuring 25" fully extended with ray shade, 7" closed, and weighing under 700 gms, a nice light field telescope, yet with the same power as some of its larger counterparts.

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19th century 3 draw leather barrelled telescope by Blackham, W.Hampton

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19th century 3 draw medium size telescope signed 'Blackham W.Hampton' on the protective brass cover. The optics are in fine condition and protected by lens end cap with dust slide to the eyepiece, image is clear & sharp. Leather cladding incorporates original strap loops and is in great condition, as are the brass tubes which have no dents. It measures 8" closed and 23" extended, with an objective lens diameter of 40mm.

Footnote: The main photo image of this telescope was featured on BBC1's Bargain Hunt show, in one of the episodes at Burghley House, to illustrate a story where the presenter describes how the resident of the house paid for a painting with a telescope.

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Early naval telescope by Crichton London

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This is a large Day or Night single draw marine telescope by Crichton London, and dates to around 1830. Of impressive proportions, it measures 38" with sliding hood extended, 20" closed, and has good, clear undamaged optics. As with all Day or Night telescopes, the objective glass is relatively large in order to gather the maximum amount of light to enable viewing in darker conditions. Both the eyepiece & objective glass are protected by sliding shutters, and the main barrel is oak with some age staining, but no splits or heavy gouges. This is an early telescope by a quality maker, in unusually good condition.

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WW1 period Officer of the Watch Naval telescope by Ross

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A fine example of a WW1 period, single draw Officer of the Watch Naval telescope signed, ROSS, 378, KO3' on the first draw along with the war department military arrow.
Of nickel plated brass construction with a stitched leather cladding on the main barrel, it's in excellent condition throughout, and free from any dents.
The undamaged lenses deliver a powerful clear image of approximately 18x magnification, and are protected by a leather end cap for the main lens, and a swivel dust cover for the eyepiece end.
All the stitching is intact on the rich brown leather cladding, and it measures 25" fully extended including sunshade, 18" closed, with an objective lens of 30mm visible diameter.
A genuine Ross classic telescope in full working order for all naval and marine collectors.

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Vintage 2 draw field telescope by Coppock London

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A Vintage 2 draw field telescope, complete with its original leather covering and protective leather end caps, all in superb condition. Engraved on the first draw ' Coppock, London, 20x' which I believe refers to J T Coppock a London maker, it probably dates to the 1950's.
In excellent condition all round with dent free tubes which still retain all their original anti glare coating, the 35mm object lens delivers a quality image of 20x magnification.
One minor blemish is a small edge chip on one of the internal eyepiece lenses, but I would stress this in no way affects the image or clarity which is pin sharp & very clear.
The eyepiece cup has an integral swivel dust cover and the leather cladding is in excellent condition with all stitching intact.
Measuring 24" fully extended with ray shade, 10" closed, and weighing 900 grams, a good compact telescope for use on the move, and easy on the arms!

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Broadhurst Clarkson 'Britannic' 20x magnification field telescope

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Vintage 2 draw field telescope, complete with its original leather covering and end caps. Engraved on the first draw ' Britannic, B.C & Co Ltd, Made in England, 20 x' and made by Broadhurst Clarkson, this is a nice medium size field telescope ideal for stalking.
In good condition all round with dent free draw tubes, all the optics are also in fine order, and the objective glass has a visible diameter of 40mm which delivers a clear, sharp image of 20x magnification.
The leather cladding is also in sound condition with a few scuffs but all the stitching is intact, and there is a shoulder carry strap.
Measuring 25" fully extended with ray shade, 10" closed, and weighing just over 900 grams, a very practical telescope for use on the move, and fully disassembles for easy access to internal lenses.

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WW2 Scout Regiments Mk II's telescope

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This is an almost mint example of the famous but hard to find WW2 Scout Regiment telescope, made by Houghton Butcher who were the least known of the various makers of this model and made very few in number.
Engraved ‘TELE. SCT. REGT. MK.II s H. B. M. CO. O.S.126.G.A. Regd No 5569’ on the first draw, which stands for Houghton Butcher Manufacturing Company, it was issued during WW2 as part of the No 4T British Sniper Rifle as a target spotting telescope to the scout regiments, and this example also has the Military arrow impressed on it.
The cosmetic condition is excellent as can be seen from the photos, and it has clear undamaged optics which produce the pin sharp crystal clear image one would expect from a telescope with such a pedigree.
The brass draw tubes retain virtually all of their non reflective coating, still have a firm yet smooth action, are all dent free, and the eyepiece has a swivel dust cover which incorporates a light filter.
It also comes with its original separate hard leather case which is also in great condition as can be seen from the photos, with all stitching intact, and a sturdy shoulder strap.
It has a 2" main objective lens, measures just over 10" closed and 31.5" fully extended including sunshade.
The weight is 1.1kgs and 1.5kgs with its case, making it an ideal field telescope for stalking or spotting.

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3 draw field telescope with variable magnification 25 - 40x

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A powerful 3 draw leather clad field telescope by Broadhurst Clarkson, which is fitted with an additional pancratic draw tube, enabling the power to be increased at will from 25x to 40x in 4 stages of 5x. This is a great advantage as objects not clearly seen can be readily observed with the 40x setting.
The tapered main barrel is covered in stitched brown leather in very good condition and with all stitching intact. There are two protective leather end caps plus a shoulder carry strap, and the draw tubes are bronzed brass still retaining virtually all of their anti glare coating, showing that this scope has probably had very little use.
Engraved 'Broadhurst Clarkson & Co Ltd, 63 Farringdon Road, London E.C', and measuring 10.5" closed, 34.5" fully drawn with sunshade extended, the object glass has a visible diameter of 55mm. which delivers a first class, clear image.
The condition of this telescope is superb as can be seen from the photos, is fully functional with clear undamaged lenses, and dent free draw tubes which have a smooth but firm draw action.
It weighs just under 1.4kgs and is a great telescope to use for spotting or stalking.

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Pocket field telescope by J T Coppock, London

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A vintage 3 draw pocket telescope engraved 'J T Coppock Ltd, London', on the first draw, with a stitched leather clad main barrel in fine condition.
Although measuring only 6.5" closed, it extends to 17" fully drawn , and the 25mm objective lens delivers a strong, sharp image of approx 15x magnification, which along with a weight of under 400 grams makes it ideal for spotting on the move.
In very good condition all round, no dents and all lenses in undamaged condition, it still has its original push fit brass lens cover.

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WW2 Officer of the Watch Telescope by W Ottway

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A classic WW2 single draw Naval Officer of the Watch telescope, engraved 'W.OTTWAY & Co Ltd EALING, LONDON. 1941 No 2508 NPL 41. PATT. 373 No 1193' on the first draw.
Ottway were renowned for the quality of their telescopes, with each component numbered to the instrument. Along with the war department crowsfoot symbol, it also has the National Physical Laboratory testing logo for the year 1941.
The condition is excellent all round, and although the leather cladding appears to be a later replacement, it's well stitched and in keeping with the style of the telescope.
Measuring 16.5" closed and 24" fully extended with sliding ray shade, the powerful 40mm object lens delivers a really sharp, clear image of approx 18x , and this telescope is as practical today as when it was first made.
These telescopes were specially constructed for Naval use and are very robust, with nickel plated draw tube and fittings, and a swivel dust cover to protect the eyepiece.

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19th century 2 draw telescope  by Troughton & Simms

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An exceptional two draw leather clad field telescope signed Troughton & Simms, London in fancy script.
This partnership started in 1826, and continued under this name until 1922 when it combined with Thomas Cooke to become Cooke, Troughton & Simms Ltd. This particular telescope dates to the latter part of the 19th century, and is in very good condition, with no denting on the brass draw tubes. The tapered main barrel is clad in a tan coloured leather, expertly stitched with virtually no scuffing. The 40mm objective glass is protected by a leather end cap, as is the eyepiece which has the added protection of a swivel cover. Measuring 8" closed and 16" extended, this is a fully functional telescope with undamaged crystal clear optics, magnification is around 20x.

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19th century Marine single draw telescope by  Dollond

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Superb single draw marine telescope signed 'Dollond London, Day or Night' in copperplate script. The day or night type of telescope was made from around 1830, and this style of telescope is probably from around 1840. This is an impressive marine telescope, measuring 39" fully extended with sliding sunshade, and 20" closed. The 1.75" objective lens has a protective brass end cap, and the eyepiece is fitted with a swivel shutter. The condition is excellent all round including the rosewood barrel which has no splits or gouges, and the optics are clear with no damage. Another fine example from Dollond.

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3 draw stalking telescope  with variable magnification up to 40x

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This is a 3 draw leather clad field telescope by Broadhurst Clarkson, called the Pancratic Tourist, which is fitted with an additional Pancratic Draw Tube, enabling the power to be increased at will from 25x to 40x in 4 stages of 5x. This is a great advantage as objects not clearly seen can be readily observed with the 40x setting.
In very good condition, the telescope body is covered in stitched brown leather, with protective leather end caps and shoulder carry strap, and the three draw tubes are bronzed brass still retaining the majority of their anti glare coating.
Engraved 'Broadhurst Clarkson & Co Ltd, 63 Farringdon Road, London E.C', and measuring 11" closed, 34" fully drawn with sunshade extended, and an object glass diameter of 45mm which delivers a well focused clear image.
The condition of this telescope is excellent as can be seen from the photos, is fully functional with clear undamaged lenses, and a smooth but firm draw action. It weighs just over 1.1kgs and is a great telescope to use for spotting or stalking.

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WW2 Scout Regiments Mk II's telescope

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This is a fine example of the famous Scout Regiment telescope adopted by the British Army in 1939 and used extensively during WW2.
Made by Broadhurst Clarkson, the specification was developed from its WW1 predecessor the Tel Sig model, but with improvements in both weight and ease of use. Its a 3 draw scope with a 22x magnification, and is engraved 'TEL. SCT. REGTS. MK. II s, Broadhurst Clarkson & Co Ltd, 1940, 609' on the first draw, it also has the military arrow.
It has clear undamaged optics with a 2" objective lens which give a clear & sharp image, and the stitched leather cladding over the main barrel & hood is also in sound condition.
The brass draw tubes retain a lot of their non reflective coating, still have a firm yet smooth action, are all dent free, and the eyepiece has a swivel dust cover.
It also comes with its original separate hard leather case which is in good condition as can be seen from the photos, with all stitching intact, although the small leather retaining strap has a couple of tears in it but is still in one piece
Measuring just over 10" closed and 31.5" fully extended including sunshade, it weighs 1.1kgs and 1.5kgs with its case, making it an ideal field telescope for stalking or spotting.

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Early 19th C Dollond marine telescope

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Dating from around 1820, this is a classic mahogany barrel marine telescope by Dollond, and is signed 'DOLLOND LONDON 'on the first draw.
This impressive 4 draw marine telescope has four draw sections extending to 42" and is 11" closed. The object lens is 60mm in diameter and there are four lenses in the first draw section which unscrews into 3 pieces. The optics are in remarkably clean condition, the magnification and image clarity is first class. Also has a brass cover for the main objective lens & the eye-piece is fitted with a sliding shutter.
The main section is of a dark polished mahogany, with one very thin age crack extending about three quarters of the barrel length, which can be seen on close inspection. The brass sections slide smoothly, with just some normal usage wear and the occasional shallow dint here and there.
This is a top quality instrument in good original condition from one of the top makers of the day.

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