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This telescope has a 3-inch achromatic objective, brass tube that extends from 48 to 58 inches, and wooden tripod. The "Benj. Pike's Son & Co. 930 Broadway, N.Y." inscription on the tube refers to a firm that was in business, as such, in 1882-1883.
Benjamin Pike was an Englishman who arrived in New York in 1798, and was soon selling optical and other apparatus. Pike’s sons eventually joined the firm, and some established firms of their own. Most of the apparatus sold by the Pikes was made by someone else, and the same is probably true of this telescope.
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Object Name
date made
late nineteenth century
place made
United States: New York, New York City
overall: 48 in x 4 1/2 in x 3 3/4 in; 121.92 cm x 11.43 cm x 9.525 cm
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accession number
catalog number
Science & Scientific Instruments
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National Museum of American History
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