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probably made in London

Postcard of Telescope.
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This brass and aluminium telescope dates from around 1920. It was probably by the firm founded by Patrick Adie, a London-based scientific instrument maker, and fourth son of Edinburgh maker Alexander Adie. The firm was in business until 1942.

The five draw refracting telescope magnifies from 35 to 50 times. Engraved on the second draw tube is 'P. Adie/ Broadway Works/ Westminster'. The telescope has leather end-caps and a leather strap.

The lightweight aluminium used in this telescope was a recently-introduced innovation.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-790-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1980.270
Date: Around 1920
c. 1920
Material: Brass / aluminium / leather. Inscription: P. Adie, / Broadway Works, / Westminster.
Dimensions: 95 mm D x 398 mm L (closed)
What: Telescope, refracting
Subject: 22. PHYSICS, Light (Departmental Classification)
Who: Arthur Frank Collection of Scottish Scientific Instruments
P. Adie, London (Maker)
Where: England, London
Description: 3" aperture 5-draw refracting telescope in oxidised brass with leather-covered objective ray shade and barrel, signed by P. Adie, London, c. 1920
  • 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 84 
  • T.N. Clarke, A.D. Morrison-Low and A.D.C. Simpson (1989): "Brass and Glass 
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