Adams Reflecting Telescope

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This brass Gregorian telescope dates from the last quarter of the 18th century. It has a metal primary mirror 2⅜ inches diameter, and a smaller secondary that is adjusted by the rod that runs along the tube. The stand is adjustable in altitude and azimuth. The “G. Adams N˚ 60 / Fleet Street London” signature could refer to George Adams or to his son of the same name, both of whom worked at this address.
Currently not on view
date made
late 18th century
Adams, George
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
overall: 13 3/4 in x 10 in x 17 3/4 in; 34.925 cm x 25.4 cm x 45.085 cm
overall: 13 5/8 in x 10 1/4 in x 17 3/4 in; 34.6075 cm x 26.035 cm x 45.085 cm
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National Museum of American History