31st Oct, 2012 12:00

Maritime and Scientific Models, Instruments & Art (Cochrane)

 
  Lot 186
 

186

A GOOD 18TH-CENTURY 2IN. NAVAL SINGLE-DRAW...

A GOOD 18TH-CENTURY 2IN. NAVAL SINGLE-DRAW TELESCOPE BEARING DUAL SIGNATURES FOR DOLLOND AND RAMSDEN
the tapering mahogany tube with brass draw signed Dollond London and Ramsden London, bulbous eye-piece with dust slide -- 38¼in. (97cm.) closed; contained in later canvas rod case

Jesse Ramsden married John Dollond's youngest daughter in 1765, thus aligning two of the greatest instrument-making families in London. Dollond was justly famed for the quality of their optics and zealously guarded the acquired rights and subsequent patent to the invention of the achromatic lens against London competitors - a share of which was given to Ramsden as part of the dowry when he married Dollond's daughter. It seems that in the instance of this lot, Ramsden simply acted as a retailer and had a somewhat hasty-looking signature added.

Sold for £397
Estimated at £300 - £500

(inc. buyer's premium of 24%)


Condition Report
Fine overall condition with good, clear optics and strong tube. Lens cap missing.

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 GOOD 18TH-CENTURY 2IN. NAVAL SINGLE-DRAW TELESCOPE BEARING DUAL SIGNATURES FOR DOLLOND AND RAMSDEN
the tapering mahogany tube with brass draw signed Dollond London and Ramsden London, bulbous eye-piece with dust slide -- 38¼in. (97cm.) closed; contained in later canvas rod case

Jesse Ramsden married John Dollond's youngest daughter in 1765, thus aligning two of the greatest instrument-making families in London. Dollond was justly famed for the quality of their optics and zealously guarded the acquired rights and subsequent patent to the invention of the achromatic lens against London competitors - a share of which was given to Ramsden as part of the dowry when he married Dollond's daughter. It seems that in the instance of this lot, Ramsden simply acted as a retailer and had a somewhat hasty-looking signature added.