18th Century Telescope Attributed to John Dollond – SOLD

Unmarked, but attributed to John Dolland Circa 1750 or earlier.


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This is a nice example of a mid 18th century telescope attributed to John Dolland of London, England. Incorporating an achromatic lens on this one draw spy glass with great optics, this piece is 22 inches fully extended; 13 3/4 inches collapsed.  The round tube is made of a fine grained wood, possibly mahogany, but is finished in a red wash similar to what furniture makers would use on interior woods, and then varnished.

The brass draw is fused in sections, and the eye piece and objective ends are finely done and finished with a rope embellishment on the turnings. The dust covers are tight; the larger one shows signs of light file makes.  I was told this was done to remove a makers names, especially if the telescope was going into France and subject to costumes tariffs it being an English made goods. I include this for the possible reason for the file marks which have no purpose being there, as no damage has befallen the sliding dust cover.

The Dollond name was well known for their quality workmanship and for the lens patents they held which other makers were forced to pay royalties for many years after.

The condition is fine with some normal scratching and wear from general use.  The wood shows the most wear, with one turned scoring completely circling the tube.  A great example.


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Weight 15 lbs