Sold for £270
Optics very good; original leather covering has shrunk slightly and is lightly scuffed overall commensurate with use and age.
We are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of this property. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Charles Miller Ltd is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD “AS IS” IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE.
A 1½IN. SINGLE DRAW ACHROMATIC MARINE TELESCOPE BY NATHANIEL WORTHINGTON, LONDON, CIRCA 1845
the leather-covered tapering wooden tube with doublet lens and lens cap, signed by the eye-piece Worthington London and inscribed on brass cuff R. G. Tufnell (missing eyecup) -- 25¾in. (65.5cm.) closed
Lt Robert George Tufnell R.N. entered the Royal Navy as a Mate in 1846, was appointed Lieutenant on 14th October 1847 -- when he probably purchased this telescope; he made Commander 1858, retired a Captain in 1873 and died in 1901. Nathaniel Worthington was an optician who worked from 196 Piccadilly between 1835 and 1851 had previously been in partnership with James Allan (1821-34) and supplied a similar instrument to Capt. Frederick Marryat.
Auction: Maritime and Scientific Models, Instruments & Art (Venerable), Tue, 24th Nov 2020
Mercantile : 1-98
Naval : 101-179
Instruments : 181-295
Printed catalogues available at £20 (+P&P)
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