London, South Kensington
16 May 2007
AN 18TH-CENTURY 1¼IN. MARINE TELESCOPE BY SPENCER, BROWNING & RUST
with tapering decagonal mahogany main tube stamped SPENCER, BROWNING & RUST LONDON, single drawer with bulbous eye-cup, main lens with dust slide -- 26¼/33in. (66cm.) Closed/open.
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This style of telescope tube was becoming old-fashioned by the time Spencer, Browning & Rust first started trading in 1784 and this telescope must therefore be one of the earliest products from this famous firm.
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