~ Georgian Library Telescope By Dudley Adams ~
A Georgian era library/table telescope by Dudley Adams of London.
Dudley Adams (1762-1830) was one of Londons leading optical and mathematical instrument makers of his time and with his father George Adams (1709-1772) traded at several locations around London during the late 18th and early 19th century.
This impressive telescope consists of a fine focus brass extending barrel with rack and pinion movement attached to a long tapering wooden main tube with a 2 ⅓ inch objective lens.
The telescope is designed to be attached to a tripod which is not present (see conditions below).
The edge of the brass barrel is engraved ‘DUDLEY ADAMS, LONDON’.
~ Dimensions ~
The overall length of the telescope is 132cm (52 inches).
It weighs 1.6 Kg.
~ Condition ~
Unfortunately the piece is missing a few components.
The pinion gear is missing.
The stand is not present and one of the screw pieces which would secure the stand is missing.
Both end of the telescope are not securely attached as the nails/pins have been lost.
The objective lens has a chip but the two eyepiece lenses are in good order.
The brass ring holding the objective lens has seized so cannot twist off.
The wood body has some scratches and chips.
Despite these problems this is still a very interesting and quite rare piece of history by one of the important optical instrument makers of the time.