Refracting telescope with a 4-inch achromatic objective, several eyepieces, and wooden tripod. The brass tube, 63 inches long, is inscribed “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.

This telescope belonged to, and was given in memory of, Charles C. Carey (1903-1963), President of the General Radio Company (1956-1963).

Ref: Gloria Clifton, “Dollond Family,” in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Date Made: mid 19th century

Maker: Dollond

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United Kingdom: England, London

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Credit Line: Mrs. Charles C. Carey

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PH.326101Accession Number: 277167Catalog Number: 326101

Object Name: telescope, refractingtelescope


Record Id: nmah_1433287

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