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I. P. Cutts, Sutton & Sons Telescope

I. P. Cutts, Sutton & Sons Telescope

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Description
S. Thaxter & Son, nautical instrument dealers in Boston, sent this telescope (spyglass) to the Smithsonian in 1880. It has an achromatic objective, a four-element erecting eye piece, and a brass body covered with leather. The "TRADE MARK / TRY ME (with image of fouled anchor)" inscription is also seen on English telescopes inscribed I. P. Cutts, Sutton & Son.
The U.S. Fish Commission included this instrument (then termed a quadrant) in its display at the International Fisheries Exhibition held in London in 1883, and perhaps in the similar Exhibition held in Berlin in 1880 as well.
Ref: G. Brown Goode, et. al., Descriptive Catalogues of the Collections Sent from the United States to the International Fisheries Exhibition, London, 1883 (Washington, D.C., 1884), vol. 2, p. 728.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
telescope (spy glass)
maker
I. P. Cutts, Sutton & Sons
Measurements
overall: 20 7/8 in x 1 1/2 in; 53.0225 cm x 3.81 cm
ID Number
PH.39392
catalog number
39392
accession number
8745
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