A large nickel silver, taper barrelled telescope, signed near the eyepiece, Elliott Bros. It measures 42.25 (107 cms) closed and 62 (158 cms) with the draw tubes extended.
The first draw has push / pull adjustment and the second draw is with rack and pinion. The telescope barrel is finished in black leather; it has a ray shade, dust slider to the eyepiece and a main objective lens of 2.75 (lacking lens cap).The telescope is held in place by a large clamp over a compass joint; the short column is fixed to the three oak legs. There is some silvering loss to the brass clamp and column. The telescope gives exceptional sharp, clear views. Height 63 (160 cms) to top of the clamp. The large mahogany case (44 x 9.25 x 6.5) holds the telescope, stand and additional celestial drawtube.
There are two brass handles to the sides and engraved brass plaque to the lid, Telford Premium awarded to Benjamin Baker. Inst; CE, by The Institute of Cicil Engineering, 1881. The case is free of cracks but has a split to the inside, near one of the hinges.
Benjamin Baker (1840 1907) was an English civil engineer who helped develop the underground railways, the Forth Bridge and first Aswan Dam. He designed the cylindrical vessel which brough Cleopatras Needle from Egypt to London and was an authority on bridge construction.
On completion of the Aswan Dam in 1890 he was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of St. George and the Royal Society elected him a fellow in the same year. He was awarded the joint Poncelet prize by the French Academy of Sciences in 1892.He was president of the Institute of Civil Engineers (1895 96) and i. N 1902 he was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB).
The item "A large presentation telescope & tripod in case by Elliott Bros, London" is in sale since Sunday, October 28, 2018. This item is in the category "Antiques\Science/Medicine\Scientific Instruments".
The seller is "marl727" and is located in Blackpool. This item can be shipped to North, South, or Latin America, all countries in Europe, all countries in continental Asia, Australia.