Cutts Refracting Telescope

This brass telescope has an achromatic objective of about 2 inches aperture and two eyepieces (one of which is marked “Astronomical Eye Piece”). The tube is 12.5 inches long when closed, and 44 inches when extended. The outer tube is covered with wood. The pillar-and-tripod base has inward-facing feet. The “J. P. Cutts London Warranted” signature refers to John Preston Cutts, an optician who worked in London from 1822 to 1841.
The telescope fits into a walnut case lined with velvet. A brass inlay on the box reads: “James Radcliffe Architect Huddersfield.”
Ref: Gloria Clifton, Directory of British Scientific Instrument Makers 1550-1851 (London, 1995), p. 75.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
mid 19th century
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
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Science & Mathematics
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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