Troughton & Simms Refracting Telescope

Description
This is a brass telescope with a pillar-and-tripod stand, an achromatic objective of 2⅞ inches aperture, an eyepiece, and holders for a telescoping brace (no longer extant). The tube is 45 inches long. The signature on the faceplate at the eye end reads “TROUGHTON & SIMMS / LONDON.”
The University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa built an astronomical observatory in 1843-1844 and probably acquired this telescope at that time.
The firm of Troughton & Simms began trading as such in 1824. It became Troughton & Simms, Ltd., in 1916, and Cooke, Troughton & Simms, Ltd., in 1922.
Ref: Anita McConnell, Instrument Makers to the World. A History of Cooke, Troughton & Simms (York, 1992).
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
telescope
date made
ca 1840
maker
Troughton and Simms
Measurements
overall: 45 in; 114.3 cm
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
ID Number
PH*325955
catalog number
325955
accession number
317854
subject
Astronomy
Science & Mathematics
Astronomy
Education
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Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Astronomy
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
University of Alabama

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