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Admiral De Wynter Refracting Telescope

Rare late eighteenth century lacquered brass miniature refracting telescope signed Gregory Gilbert & Co. London (recorded as working in the last quarter of the eighteenth century). The 1ΒΌ" lens covered with a screw on dust cap, the 3 7/8" (9.8 cm) long body tube with a single graduated draw tube (numbered 1-4), the eye-piece with a rotating wheel of four lens powers (numbered 1-4), mounted on a tapering column support and folding cabriole legs with inswept feet, arranged so as to dismantle and store within the body-tube. 5" (12.7 cm) long. This is a surprisingly powerful telescope because the objective lenses being so small have a high curvature and consequently powerful magnification. Engraved Admiral De Wynter. Admiral de Wynter was the commander of the Dutch fleet allied to Napoleon which was engaged by the British fleet under the command of Admiral Duncan at the Battle of Camperdown on 11 October 1797. The outcome of the battle was the defeat of the Dutch fleet with 11 ships being captured. This battle effectively put an end to the Dutch as a world maritine force. Much more information can be found on the internet by putting "Camperdown" in a search engine. Even without the provenance this telescope is a wonderful and rare object. Most of the lacquor has gone from the main telescope body but some remains on the tripod. With its historical connections it represents a serious piece of history

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