Tue, 2nd May 2017 12:00

Maritime and Scientific Models, Instruments & Art ('Hibernia')

 
  Lot 60
 

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AN HISTORICALLY INTERESTING 2IN. ACHROMATIC...

AN HISTORICALLY INTERESTING 2IN. ACHROMATIC MARINE TELESCOPE BY J. & H. WATKINS, CHARING CROSS, LONDON WITH PRESENTATION INSCRIPTION FROM CAPTAIN EDWARD PELLEW, H.M.S. Indefatigable 1797
with tapering main tube, lens with cap, signed by the eyepiece as per title and inscribed To Lt. G Bell mark of respect from his Capt. Edward Pellew for his good look out on the night of 13th January 1797 -- 34½in. (87.5cm.) long (closed)

The Indefatigable (44) is probably the ship most famously associated with Pellew. Cruising in company with the Amazon (36) on the 13th January 1797, they spotted the superior French 74, Droits de l'Homme. In what should have been a fairly easy victory for the Frenchman, the small British vessels took advantage of the stormy conditions. After 13 hours of combat, running out of ammunition, the British broke contact when Indefatigable sighted land ahead. Despite having damage to her masts and rigging, the Indefatigable managed to beat off the lee shore and escape the treacherous Penmarch reefs; Amazon and Droits de l'Homme ran aground near Plozévet, with Amazon destroyed and her crew being captured. This telescope was undoubtedly presented to the officer who spotted this danger, thereby saving one of England's great naval heroes.

Sold for £1,364
Estimated at £600 - £800

(inc. buyer's premium of 24%)


Condition Report
signature and inscription very worn, main tube split/crack with 13in. hairline crack, optically in fine condition

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AN HISTORICALLY INTERESTING 2IN. ACHROMATIC MARINE TELESCOPE BY J. & H. WATKINS, CHARING CROSS, LONDON WITH PRESENTATION INSCRIPTION FROM CAPTAIN EDWARD PELLEW, H.M.S. Indefatigable 1797
with tapering main tube, lens with cap, signed by the eyepiece as per title and inscribed To Lt. G Bell mark of respect from his Capt. Edward Pellew for his good look out on the night of 13th January 1797 -- 34½in. (87.5cm.) long (closed)

The Indefatigable (44) is probably the ship most famously associated with Pellew. Cruising in company with the Amazon (36) on the 13th January 1797, they spotted the superior French 74, Droits de l'Homme. In what should have been a fairly easy victory for the Frenchman, the small British vessels took advantage of the stormy conditions. After 13 hours of combat, running out of ammunition, the British broke contact when Indefatigable sighted land ahead. Despite having damage to her masts and rigging, the Indefatigable managed to beat off the lee shore and escape the treacherous Penmarch reefs; Amazon and Droits de l'Homme ran aground near Plozévet, with Amazon destroyed and her crew being captured. This telescope was undoubtedly presented to the officer who spotted this danger, thereby saving one of England's great naval heroes.