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Refracting Telescope

Refracting Telescope

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Description
This refracting telescope has a 4-inch aperture achromatic objective, several eyepieces, and a wooden tripod. The brass 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.
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Refracting Telescope
date made
mid 19th century
maker
Dollond
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
ID Number
PH.326101
accession number
277167
catalog number
326101
Credit Line
Mrs. Charles C. Carey
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