ship''s spyglass - SailNet Community
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 2 Old 12-30-2002 Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 25
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
ship''''s spyglass

I received what looks like an antique ship’s spy glass/telescope for Christmas.

It is brass with a worn leather sheath around the main barrel, it telescopes into 3 sections. The total length is about 36" and, though heavy at a few pounds, I guess it is a handheld unit. The objective seems to be 2". The image is erect and fairly sharp.

The only engraved inscriptions are on the thinnest extension that has in script writing:

"Richardson
London "

("London" is in block letters) written longitudinally and stacked; and near the eyepiece. Away from the eyepiece, are two more pieces of engravings in larger script font written circumferentially:

"Adjustment for Greater Magnification Power" and
"for Day and Night".

A shop card, used for advertising the store, was found in some museum collection. It stated that George Richardson of London was an optical and mathematical instrument maker around 1807-1830. I also discovered elsewhere that at least one of his instruments, an octant, was on the Board of Longitude. Other than this, internet searches have been futile. Any thoughts?

Thanks for your help and Happy New Year,
John
jcmannone is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 2 Old 12-31-2002
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Posts: 180
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 14
 
ship''''s spyglass

Contact Chuck DeLuca of Maritime Antiques in York, Maine. He is very knowledgeable in this area.
RichardElliott is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.


User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
magazine piece / ship''s cats Martin97 Living Aboard 0 12-19-2004 12:54 PM
Longitude: How do yo tell what the exact ships time is. duffer1960 General Discussion (sailing related) 5 02-18-2003 05:48 AM
Square Rigged Ships arezba General Discussion (sailing related) 2 02-13-2002 05:41 PM
ships stores duffyM Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 4 12-21-2001 08:22 AM
Sister Ships slynn Boat Review and Purchase Forum 1 07-26-2001 06:41 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome