Dollond Refracting Telescope

This telescope has a brass pillar-and-tripod base, a 38-inch long wooden tube with brass fittings, a sliding rod for holding the telescope at a particular elevation, an achromatic objective of 2 inches aperture, four eyepieces, and a wooden box with a hinged lid. The brass ferrule at the eye end of the tube is marked “DOLLOND LONDON.”
The Dollond family began in business as opticians in London in 1750. George Dollond took responsibility for the firm around 1820 and shortened the signature to Dollond.
Ref: Gloria Clifton, “Dollond Family,” in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Currently not on view
Object Name
telescope, refractor
date made
mid 19th century
overall: 9 cm x 78.5 cm x 17.5 cm; 3 17/32 in x 30 29/32 in x 6 7/8 in
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Science & Mathematics
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Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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