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Dollond Stalking Telescope

Three draw stalking or hunting telescope, with variable magnification of 30-50. Integral protective swivel dust cover for eye piece. Dollond London, THE ‘TARGET MAJOR’ No..9656 inscribed to first draw. Leather case with cover in mint condition, possibly of later date.
English, circa 1900 - 1930
Length 13” (33cm) extending to 35” (89cm)
Stock No. 1461

John Dollond FHS (1706-1761) and his son, Peter (1751-1820) began a partnership making optical instruments in 1752 in a shop that was positioned under the sign of the Golden Spectacles and Sea Quadrant in Exeter Exchange off The Strand, London. By 1761, the business had grown considerably and Peter was appointed optician to the King. Early in 1757 John succeeded in producing refraction without colour (achromatic lenses) by the aid of glass and water lenses, and a few months later he made a successful attempt to get the same result by a combination of glasses of different qualities. For this achievement the Royal Society awarded him the Copley Medal in 1758, and there years later elected him one of its fellows.

Thomas Jefferson, Admiral Lord Nelson, Leopold Mozart (father of Wolfgang Amadeus) and Frederick the Great all bought and used Dollond telescopes. The company continued to be a market force in the creation of optical equipment throughout the 19th century, eventually merging with Aitchinson & Co in 1927 to form the well known high street chain of opticians. All Dollond records were destroyed in a fire in the 1920s and there is nothing to identify or date any of their items from before this time.

Price: £695.00




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Dollond Stalking Telescope

Three draw stalking or hunting telescope, with variable magnification of 30-50. Integral protective swivel dust cover for eye piece. Dollond London, THE ‘TARGET MAJOR’ No..9656 inscribed to first draw. Leather case with cover in mint condition, possibly of later date.
English, circa 1900 - 1930
Length 13” (33cm) extending to 35” (89cm)
Stock No. 1461

John Dollond FHS (1706-1761) and his son, Peter (1751-1820) began a partnership making optical instruments in 1752 in a shop that was positioned under the sign of the Golden Spectacles and Sea Quadrant in Exeter Exchange off The Strand, London. By 1761, the business had grown considerably and Peter was appointed optician to the King. Early in 1757 John succeeded in producing refraction without colour (achromatic lenses) by the aid of glass and water lenses, and a few months later he made a successful attempt to get the same result by a combination of glasses of different qualities. For this achievement the Royal Society awarded him the Copley Medal in 1758, and there years later elected him one of its fellows.

Thomas Jefferson, Admiral Lord Nelson, Leopold Mozart (father of Wolfgang Amadeus) and Frederick the Great all bought and used Dollond telescopes. The company continued to be a market force in the creation of optical equipment throughout the 19th century, eventually merging with Aitchinson & Co in 1927 to form the well known high street chain of opticians. All Dollond records were destroyed in a fire in the 1920s and there is nothing to identify or date any of their items from before this time.

Price: £695.00

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