Victorian Negretti & Zambra Telescope, c.1880
Our Stock # LFA-1377
This is an antique, Victorian marine telescope dating to c.1880.
The tapered brass tube is covered in dark, hard grained Morocco leather in good order. The single draw tube is dent free and inscribed 'Negretti & Zambra, Opticians to Her Majesty, London' and on the reverse the owner's name J.P. O'Neill'.
The optics are in good order offering a clear, crisp image with an inch and three quarter objective glass. The lens cover is present as is the swivel cover in the flared eye cup. The draw tube slides very easily.
Models such as this were referred to as 'Royal Mail' telescopes but were largely employed by the navies (see below).
Closed Length: 47cm (18.5'')
Fully Drawn Length (incl. sun shade): 63cm (24.75'')
Objective Glass Diameter: 4.5cm (1.75'')
Excerpt from later N&G Catalogue 1921:
The ''Royal Mail"åÊTelescopes
TheseåÊare generally chosen for ordinary marineåÊwork, andåÊhave been adoptedåÊbyåÊnearly all the navies and merchant services of theåÊworld. The metal used, whether brass or nickel silver is very stout, withåÊa view of producingåÊan article beståÊsuited for rough handling. The nickel silveråÊisåÊgenerally preferred as being more durableåÊthanåÊthe softeråÊmetal.åÊThe bodies in both casesåÊare coveredåÊwith hard grainedåÊMorocco leather,åÊall the metalåÊparts beingåÊfinished bright.
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