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magnificent terrestrial and astronomical telescope on a fine
height adjustable mahogany floor stand.
telescope, I believe, was made by John Browning of London,
retailed by Dr. Arthur Chevalier of Paris and presented to George
Cecil Ives (friend of Oscar
Wilde) for his 12th
main lens endcap
is engraved “George Cecil
Ives, November 1879”
(George was born Oct. 1867).
side of the main tube is engraved
Arthur CHAVALIER, Opticien
Officer d Acudinire, 158
PALAIS – ROYAL 158, PARIS”
there is a fine hand
B November 1879”
the main body tube.
a small focussing spotting 'scope attached, 3 interchangeable
eyepieces – one low power terrestrial erecting lens and 2
high power inverting astronomical lenses and comes in a fitted
carrying handles each end.
stand is a fine mahogany tripod with geared winding
adjust the height of the instrument, for sitting or stand and to
accommodate all sizes from small children to full grown adults.
pair of Antique Brass Galilean field glasses or
Binoculars, impressed around each eyepiece
type of field glasses were made from the middle of the 1800’s
until optical prism technology overtook the simple Galilean optics
in the early 20th century. These, all brass, binoculars are in
good condition with brown leather covered barrels, and sliding ray
shades. The optics are fine and free of any significant scratches,
chips or cracks and they focus smoothly giving a clear image. They
measure just under 6 inches in length with shades extended and
compress down to 4 inches for storage. The main
lenses are 2 inches diameter, and the general finish is very
good for the age. A fine example of this mid 19th
assortment of binoculars,
military, nautical, etc