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Telescope (detail)

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made in Jedburgh, Borders

Telescope (detail)
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This is a detail of a telescope made at Jedburgh in the Borders around 1820 by James Veitch. The telescope was probably made for Admiral Sir George Elliot, second son of Veitch's patron, second son of one of Veitch's patrons, the first Earl of Minto.

The detail shows the maker's signature engraved on the brass band at the lower end of the reflecting telescope's barrel. It reads 'JAMES VEITCH / INCHBONNY 1820'.

Telescopes were James Veitch's main line in instrument making, although he did construct microscopes, barometers and other philosophical apparatus.

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