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Naval telescope


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Collection Telescopes, Astronomical and navigational instruments, Optical equipment
ExhibitionsShips, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude
User collections William Wales by NMMCollections
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleProvenance: Warr family
makers: Nairne & Blunt

Object details:

Object ID NAV1606
Description This achromatic telescope has a tapering mahogany barrel and a single brass draw tube. The other brass fittings include a pivoted eyepiece cover and a brass objective lens cap attached to the barrel collar with a chain. There is also a green baize cover. The maker's name and the date of 1775 are inscribed on the draw tube. Nairne & Blunt were one of the leading London instrument suppliers in the late 18th century and made many navigational instruments, including telescopes like this, which were commonly used on board ship.
Date made 1775

Artist/Maker Nairne & Blunt
Place made London
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials mahogany; brass; glass; baize
Measurements Length: 897 mm (closed), 1118 mm (fully extended), 970 mm (bag); Diameter: 66 mm (barrel, max.)
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