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Posted By: David Winfred Gaddy on: 09/03/2005 16:52:08 EDT
Subject: RE: Telescope maker ID

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Eric, I think the name was mis-read. Try "Fletcher." Check, for example, Isaak Fletcher, 1827-1879, on and click on the name (in red). Google will also produce some other Fletcher possibilities in Great Britain.

I doubt that this was the way it appeared "in real life." It's of a type circa 1850-1870, probably a ship's captain's spy glass, and probably had the main barrel wrapped in leather or even encased in thin wood.

This is similar to a London-made or -sold T. Harris & Son spy glass (wood-covered main barrel) I provided for demo during a lecture I gave at Manassas 18 Jul 1981 (with Kim Holien as sig officer), and, for re-enactment purposes, would see it as example of the early-war 'scopes pressed into service, and similarly thereafter.

The description of a blur or something, looking through "the proper" way, makes me think there may be something missing internally--that would not, of course, interfere with "pretending" to be seeing something, for re-enactment or demo purposes. For possible replacement for the eye-piece dust cover and advice on the covering of the main barrel, I'd suggest you contact Malcolm Addoms in Richmond on 804 648-7616 or e-mail, antqoptics at aol dot com.

And, finally, YOU SONUVAGUN!--if you got it at that price, you should be ashamed of yourself. Don't tell Addoms. And don't gloat. (Maybe a modest chortle or two.)

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