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Telescope

Description

Six draw vellum-covered refracting telescope, unsigned, English, late 17th century

Museum reference

T.1972.77

Collection

History of Science

Object name

Telescope

Production information

England, Northern Europe

Date

Late 17th century

Materials

Cardboard, Vellum, Wood, Gold leaf

Physical description

Card; vellum-covered; turned wooden eyepiece; exterior dyed in parts green and red, stamped with bookbinding tools, and filled with gold leaf

Exhibitions

  • Earth in Space (29 Jul 2011)
    National Museum of Scotland

References

Macdonald, A. and Morrison-Low, A.D. (eds.), A Heavenly Library: Treasures for the Royal Observatory's Crawford Library, Edinburgh, 1994, p, 47

Turner, G. L'E., 'Decorative tooling on 17th and 18th century microscopes and telescopes' in Essays on the History of the Microscope, Oxford, 1980

On display

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