Clocks, Barometers, Sextants, and Telescopes
Inventory ID: 10396
An extremely fine, rare and historic late 18th or early 19th century Napoleonic War period cased four-draw telescope with tripod stand owned by Capt. William Lobb, Royal Navy (1760-1835) and made by John Berge of London circa 1795-1800.
This fabulous cased telescope with its' original table top tripod stand and mahogany box was made by John Berge (1742-1808) who was apprenticed to Peter Dollond in 1765. The quality of this telescope is outstanding showing very limited wear. The optics are as good as they get. The case measures 11 1/2" wide by 6" deep and 3 1/2" high. The scope itself measures 9 1/2" closed and 35" when fully extended. The box is missing its' lockplate and key, otherwise the it is in excellent condition. HISTORICAL NOTE: William Granville Lobb was promoted to Captain of the HMS Pomona in 1795. He became Captain of HMS Crescent in 1799 and captured several Spanish ships while stationed in the West Indies. In February 1805 Capt. Lobb took command of HMS Pomone under orders from Admiral Nelson. Here again, he captured several Spanish ships and privateers. His career (and life) ended while in command of the HMS Kingfisher on the American Station in 1835.
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