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Good quality small desk-top telescope by Thomas Harris & Son, London
Artist: Not Available 
Category: Miscellaneous
Date: circa 1840-1850
Signature(s): Thomas Harris & Son
Origin: England-UK
Era: 19th Century
Height Note: See description below
Width: 2.25 barrel diameter inches
This is a very pretty 19th century brass telescope, all complete, original, and in working order.The original fitted mahogany storage box is only 21" long.The telescope includes a Barlow extension for terrestrial viewing, and two eyepieces of differing field widths. Barrel diameter is 2.25 inches at the objective lens, and the overall length with the Barlow extension fitted is 26 inches. Height is 15 inches.

Thomas Harris, Optical Instrument Maker, worked from about 1780 to the early 19th century, and in 1806 the firm was renamed Thomas Harris & Son. They were Opticians to the Royal Family for much of the 19th century. Harris & Son also made very fine barometers and other scientific instruments. Telescopes are difficult to date in a narrow range, but the style of engraving in the signature indicates that this one probably was made around 1840 to the mid-century.

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