Browning Reflecting Telescope

The introduction of silvered-glass mirrors—easier to figure and more durable than solid metal ones—made reflecting telescopes popular, especially with amateur astronomers.
This example is marked "John Browing London." It has a simple alt-azimuth mount. The aperture is 4.25 inches; the tube is 38.5 inches long.
John Browning was a young instrument maker when he issued A Plea for Reflectors, Being a Description of the New Astronomical Telescopes with Silvered-Glass Specula (London, 1867). He offered telescopes with mirrors made by the retired schoolteacher, George Henry With.
Currently not on view
Object Name
telescope, reflecting
date made
ca 1867
Browning, John
overall: 21 in x 39 1/2 in x 15 in; 53.34 cm x 100.33 cm x 38.1 cm
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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