This single draw telescope is signed'Dollond London 7046' on the first draw and is typical of the earlier Naval telescopes used by the Royal Navy. Dating to the second half of the 19th century, the tapered main barrel is actually made from mahogany but has been expertly clad in black leather.
With dent free brass draw tube and fittings it is in very good cosmetic condition with all of the leather stitching on the telescope intact and comes with a later separate black leather case made by Benetfink & Co, which still has their label inside the cap. The leather case although well worn through age is still quite sound and in robust condition, with all straps intact. Protected by its brass end cap the 40mm diameter objective lens produces a clear focused image of approximately 15x despite some minor edge chips (see photos) which do not affect the image in any way. Weighing just over 970 grams and 1250 grams in its case, it measures 25½" (650mm) closed and 34" (865mm) extended. A very desirable antique naval telescope by one of the most renowned instrument makers of the 19th century.
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