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Perry Mason & Co. Telescope

Perry Mason & Co. Telescope

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Perry Mason & Co. was the publisher of The Youth’s Companion, the most popular and successful family journal in the U.S. in the second half of the nineteenth century. This small refracting telescope was probably a premium given for a subscription to that magazine. It has an achromatic objective, a four-element erecting eyepiece, and a five-section brass draw tube covered with leather. The inscription reads "PERRY MASON & Co. BOSTON." Since the firm became Perry Mason Company in August 1900, this instrument was probably made before that time.
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overall: 11 in x 1 27/32 in; 27.94 cm x 4.699 cm
overall: 11 1/8 in x 2 1/2 in; 28.2575 cm x 6.35 cm
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From Aug 9, 1900 and onward, the company went by Perry Mason Company. Prior to that it was Perry Mason & company. So telescopes labeled Perry Mason & company would have to be 1900 or earlier. There are also Perry Mason & Co. binoculars and microscopes from the 19th century.

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