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Code 6899
EUR 600.00
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EUR 600.00
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1614853595Code 6899 Antique telescopeBrass telescope with mahogany handle from the early 19th century signed Gilbert & C. London, a company active between 1806 and 1819 specialized in optical instruments and microscopes. The telescope is engraved with the words Best Improvid. Focusing with three extensions, maximum length 76 cm - 29.9 inches, minimum 24 cm - 9.44 inches, focal diameter 4.3 cm - 1.69 inches. Very good condition and in perfect working order, 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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