Telescope (detail)

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made in Aberdeen

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Telescope (detail)

This is a detail of a brass refracting telescope dating from around 1835. The telescope was sold by John Ramage, a scientific instrument maker based in Aberdeen.

The photograph shows the signature 'I. RAMAGE/ Aberdeen' on the end of the body tube.

John Ramage (1783-1835) was one of the few Scottish instrument makers who had a good reputation in England. His Aberdeen business was taken over after his death in 1835 by his second son, also named John. It is unclear which Ramage sold this instrument.

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Online ID: 000-190-001-083-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1997.93
Date: Around 1835
c. 1835
Material: Brass / mahogany case. Inscription: Body tube: I RAMMAGE Aberdeen
Dimensions: Case 760 mm x 170 mm x 85 mm
What: Telescope, refracting / case
Subject: 3. ASTRONOMY, Refracting telescopes
Who: John Rammage, Aberdeen (Instrument maker)
Where: Scotland, Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen
Description: Two and a half inch refracting telescope, in a mahogany case, by John Rammage, Aberdeen, c. 1835
  • 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 205-7 
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