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National Maritime Museum, Second floor, Nelson Navy Nation gallery

What would no good Admiral be seen without? A fine telescope of course.

Lord Howe (1726-99) First Lord of the Admiralty is said to have personally owned this beautiful brass and mahogany telescope.

This achromatic telescope has a decagonal mahogany barrel that tapers and a single brass draw tube without a mechanical stop. The other brass fittings include a pivoted eyepiece cover, but the objective lens cap is now missing.

The maker's name is inscribed on the draw tube as 'Dollond London'.