Brashear Reflecting Telescope

John A. Brashear first came to public attention with an 1879 advertisement for silvered-glass specula and an 1882 catalog, Silvered Glass Reflecting Telescopes, and Specula. Over the next four decades, he made numerous instruments for astronomical and astrophysical work.
This telescope has an equatorial mount and a silvered-glass mirror of about 9½ inches aperture. The nameplate reads "J. A. BRASHEAR, PITTSBURGH, PA." and indicates that the telescope was made after 1909, when the suburb of Allegheny was incorporated into Pittsburgh city proper. It belonged to Henry E. Paul, a man famous for having helped amateurs interested in astronomy and telescope making.
Currently on loan
Object Name
telescope, reflecting
date made
Brashear, John A.
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Science & Mathematics
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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