Here is a nice Franklin Mint Old Royal Observatory Telescope for your buying consideration. Would make a great gift for a special occasion, or keep it for yourself.
This is a vintage library telescope made by Franklin Mint (FM) sometime in the late 1990s to early 2000s. This piece originally sold for almost $4k when Franklin Mint first issued it. The telescope is a reproduction by FM and was fashioned after one from the Old Royal Observatory in England. Has the images of the various zodiac and other celestial images in the sky on the body of the telescope. No dents or dings in the telescope body. The gold metal pieces are done in a 24 karat gold lacquer. The wood legs on the tripod base are all intact, no cracks or repairs.
The three 24k gold leaf metal pieces that affix to the base just above the legs are there, put on with some sort of stick stuff and do no stay in place for long. All the metal trim pieces are in place on this item. Needs to be removed and reaffixed with glue as was originally the case.
The viewing end lens and the large lens are both in place. Show dirtiness, but no cracks or blistering. No other lenses come with this piece. What you see in the pictures, is what comes with this telescope. The large end cap is in place as well. We also have the original packing box and packing materials the telescope came in. There is writing on the outside of the box. None of the other original paper materials that came with this piece are there anymore.
The Franklin Mint Celestial Telescope body with viewing lens in place is 23.75" long, by 6.75" (2.25" body) wide. The base is 34.5" tall when the metal rod which "telescopes" to a higher position is all the way down. The metal screw that would hold the telescoping part of the body in a higher position appears to have broken off in the hole. The base is about 18.5" across at the legs.
The cardboard box it originally came in is 17.5" tall, by 20" wide, by 34.5" long. Some of the original packing materials are inside the box as well.
The body of the telescope will be detached from the base and legs. So, expect to have to do some re-assembly. Let us know if you have any questions or need additional pictures. Don’t be shy to make an offer, we are always open to reasonable suggestions.
The pictures provided both complement and supplement the listing description, so please look at them very closely as well. With old items, there is no way one can capture all the little imperfections in words, so the two media are meant to be the full description.
Make sure that this item meets your needs and requirements before deciding to acquire it. The item can be returned, there is a 10% restocking fee to do so. So, please carefully review all the attached pictures, ask all the questions you have, come see in person or send a friend to see the item on your behalf, prior to deciding to acquire it.
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