Dollond Refracting Telescope

Description
This is a brass telescope with a 4-inch aperture achromatic objective, several eyepieces, and a wooden tripod. The tube is 63 inches long and carries the signature “Dollond London.”
A paper label in the wooden box holding the telescope reads “G. Dollond / Optical, Mathematical, and / Philosophical Instrument Maker / to Her Majesty / 50 St. Paul’s Churchyard, 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.
Object Name
telescope, refracting
date made
mid 19th century
maker
Dollond
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
ID Number
PH*326101
accession number
277167
catalog number
326101
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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