Telescope (detail)

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probably made in English Midlands

Postcard of Telescope (detail).
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Telescope (detail)

This is a detail of a brass telescope probably made in the English Midlands. The telescope was retailed by George Lowdon, a scientific instrument maker and retailer based in Dundee. The detail shows the telescope's barrel end plate.

The refracting telescope's barrel end plate is engraved 'LOWDON,/ DUNDEE'.

George Lowdon produced a range of optical and philosophical instruments, including refracting telescopes, theodolites and sympiesometers.

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Online ID: 000-190-001-065-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1981.42
Date: Around 1890
c. 1890
Material: Brass. Inscription: LOWDON / DUNDEE
Dimensions: 1182 mm L x 92 mm D
What: Telescope, refracting
Subject: 22. PHYSICS, Light (Departmental Classification)
Who: Arthur Frank Collection of Scottish Scientific Instruments
Lowdon, Dundee (Maker)
Lowdon, Dundee (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Angus, Dundee
Description: 3 1/4" aperture 3-draw mounted refracting telescope in brass, with doublet objective, 2-component eyepiece and erecting assemblies, and tripod, signed by Lowdon of Dundee, c. 1890
  • 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 147,149,151 
  • T.N. Clarke, A.D. Morrison-Low and A.D.C. Simpson (1989): "Brass and Glass 
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