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Telescope

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probably made in Dundee

Postcard of Telescope.
000-100-102-708-C
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Telescope

This brass telescope was made around 1860, probably by Peter Airth Feathers, a scientific instrument maker based in Dundee.

The refracting telescope has glass optics, a tapered leather-covered tube with brass ends and a single draw. It is engraved 'Feathers/Dundee'.

Peter Airth Feathers began in business in 1840. At different times he was joined by two of his three sons. The business continued to 1910, and appears to have supplied a wide variety of items.


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Online ID: 000-100-102-708-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1967.4
Date: Around 1860
c. 1860
Material: Wooden tube, brass ends and draw. Inscription: Feathers Dundee
Dimensions: 28.38 closed L
What: Telescope, single draw
Subject: 3. ASTRONOMY, Refracting telescopes (Departmental Classification)
22. PHYSICS, Light (Departmental Classification)
Who: Feathers, Dundee, Scotland (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Angus, Dundee
Event:
Description: Single draw telescope by Feathers, Dundee, c. 1860
References:
  • Clarke, T.N., Morrison-Low, A.D. & Simpson, A.D.C. Brass & glass scientific instrument making workshops in Scotland as illustrated by instruments from the Arthur Frank Collection at the Royal Museum of Scotland. Edinburgh: NMS, 1989. p 144 
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