Telescope (spyglass)

Telescope (spyglass)

<< >>
Usage conditions apply
The “Ja. Long, Royal Exchange, London" inscription on this five-section draw-tube telescope is that of James Long, an optician who was apprenticed to Edward Nairne in 1769; by 1781 he was in business as an optician at the Royal Exchange, and he remained there until his death in 1811. According to a paper inside the cap: "This tube and eyepiece, bought in London 1839. The 2-1/8" objective was figured by Henry Fitz.” Henry Fitz, Jr. was the first successful commercial telescope maker in the United States, and it was he who owned this instrument.
Currently not on view
Object Name
telescope (spy glass)
telescope (spyglass)
purchase date
Long, James
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
United Kingdom: England, London
closed: 10 3/4 in; x 27.305 cm
open: 42 1/2 in; x 107.95 cm
overall: 11 13/16 in x 2 1/2 in; 30.00375 cm x 6.35 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
See more items in
Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.


Add a comment about this object