5 November 2003,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 1,998
GBP 2,000 - GBP 3,000
A fine 18th-Century lacquered-brass reflecting telescope,
signed Metcalfe, HALIFAX, with table stand and mahogany carrying case -- 77.5cm. (30.5in.) wide
See Colour Illustration
The 62.2cm. (24.5in.) long body-tube has a dust cap, starfinder, and primary and secondary speculum mirrors, with rack and pinion adjustment to the latter. There are four eyepiece extension tubes of varying sizes, and an unrelated brass-mounted 2¼in. lens. The telescope is held by screws to two support bars, on two curved A-frame supports, one with worm screw adjustment (key missing). This is raised on a tapering brass pillar with three folding inswept legs. The fitted case is lined with black plush and has two brass carrying handles and a key.
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