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This brass telescope dates from around 1855. It was retailed by Paul Cameron and John Blakeney, scientific instrument makers based in Glasgow.

The hand-held refracting telescope has three draws and a leather-covered barrel. It is engraved on the first draw tube 'Cameron & Blakeney./Glasgow'.

Cameron and Blakeley were related by marriage. They traded together at 76 Great Clyde Street (1853-5), 102 Great Clyde Street (1855-9) and at 94-6 Jamaica Street until the partnership ended in 1860. Each then set up independently.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-788-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1980.258
Date: Around 1855
c. 1855
Material: Brass / leather. Inscription: Cameron & Blakeney. / Glasgow
Dimensions: 61mm D x 295 mm L (closed)
What: Telescope, refracting
Subject: 22. PHYSICS, Light (Departmental Classification)
Who: Arthur Frank Collection of Scottish Scientific Instruments
Cameron and Blakeney, Glasgow (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow
Description: 1 1/2" aperture 3-draw refracting telescope in brass with objective ray shade and leather-covered barrel, signed by Paul Cameron and John Blakeney, Glasgow, c. 1855
  • 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 226-7 
  • T.N. Clarke, A.D. Morrison-Low and A.D.C. Simpson (1989): "Brass and Glass 
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