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000-100-102-784-C
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Telescope

This brass telescope was made around 1850, probably by Gardner & Co., scientific instrument makers based in Glasgow. Telescopes of this type were popular with stalkers and yachtsmen.

The hand-held refracting telescope has a leather-covered barrel and four draws. It is engraved on the first draw tube 'Gardner & Co./ Glasgow/ Warranted'.

The Gardner's family firm was established in 1799 by John Gardner, who had been James Watt's principal journeyman before setting up on his own. The firm became prolific makers of scientific instruments during the 19th century.


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Online ID: 000-100-102-784-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1980.250
Date: Around 1890
c. 1890
Material: Brass / leather. Inscription: Gardner & Co. / Glasgow / Warranted
Dimensions: 57 mm D x 305 mm L (closed)
What: Telescope, refracting
Subject: 22. PHYSICS, Light (Departmental Classification)
Who: Arthur Frank Collection of Scottish Scientific Instruments
Gardner and Co., Glasgow (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow
Event:
Description: 2" aperture 4-draw hand-held refracting telescope in brass with leather-covered barrel, signed by Gardner and Co. of Glasgow, c. 1890
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 178 
  • T.N. Clarke, A.D. Morrison-Low and A.D.C. Simpson (1989): "Brass and Glass 
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