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made in Greenock

Postcard of Telescope.
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This brass telescope dates from around 1825. It was retailed by David Heron, a scientific instrument maker based in Greenock.

The hand-held refracting telescope has six draws and is engraved on the first draw tube 'D.Heron /Greenock'.

David Heron began making and retailing nautical instruments in Greenock around 1815. He was presumably related to members of the watch and chronometer making firm of the same name.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-781-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1980.244
Date: Around 1825
c. 1825
Material: Brass. Inscription: D Heron / Greenock
Dimensions: 25 mm D x 90 mm L (closed)
What: Telescope, refracting
Subject: 22. PHYSICS, Light (Departmental Classification)
Who: Arthur Frank Collection of Scottish Scientific Instruments
David Heron, Greenock (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Renfrewshire, Greenock
Description: 3/4" aperture 6-draw hand-held refracting telescope in brass with triplet objective, and 2-component eyepiece and erecting assemblies, signed by David Heron of Greenock, c. 1825
  • 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. pp 281,285,287 
  • T.N. Clarke, A.D. Morrison-Low and A.D.C. Simpson (1989): "Brass and Glass 
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