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Code 6752
EUR 400.00
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EUR 400.00
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1603121718Code 6752 Antique telescopeTelescope made of brass with handle covered with mahogany wood signed Cox London from the first half of the 19th century, three-length focusing, complete with sunshade cap and dust flap. In excellent condition and in perfect working order. Maximum length 38 cm - 14.9 inches, minimum 13.7 cm - 5.39 inches, focal diameter 3 cm - 1.18 inches. Complete with base for support made to measure of wood and brass.

The legend tells that a day in 1608 the son of an optician in Middelburg, Hans Lipperhey, playing with some lenses of his father, put a concave lens near his eye, having in the hand the other convex lens: with his arm stretched to the point of the cathedral’s bell tower, he saw the weather-cock larger and nearer. He showed it to his father and he fixed these lenses on a small board, making easier the observation, creating the first rudimentary instrument for optical approaching. But Lipperhey was unlucky, in fact when he sent in an application to General States of Holland for the patent for this new optical instrument, in a few days some other opticians claimed this invention.

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