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Reflecting telescope with brass barrel with blackened shagreen cover, in a fitted rosewood box, by Edward Scarlett, London, c. 1730

Museum reference



History of Science

Object name

Telescope, Box

Production information

Scarlett, Edward, c. 1688 - 1743, Scientific instrument maker
London, England, Northern Europe


c. 1730


Brass, Shagreen, Rosewood

Physical description

Brass barrel, blackened shagreen cover, rosewood box


George II, King of Great Britain and Ireland, 1683 - 1760


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Clifton, Gloria, Directory of British Scientific Instrument Makers 1550-1851, London, 1995, pp 244-5

Millburn, John R., 'Instrument makers and the Royal Arms' in Bulletin of the Scientific Instrument Society, No 28 (1991), pp 2-7

Simpson, A.D.C., 'James Gregory and the Reflecting Telescope' in Journal for the History of Astronomy 23 (1992), pp 77-92

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