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Floor Standing Brass-Leather Harbor Master Telescope 30 - Leather

Floor Standing Brass/Leather Harbor Master Telescope 30" - Leather

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Overall Dims: 14" L x 3" W x 30" H

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Floor Standing Brass/Leather Harbor Master Telescope 30" - Leather


The Hampton Nautical Brass-Leather Telescope 30” is a true nautical gem that can serve as a functional telescope or a symbol of seafaring pride in any room or office. Focusing is accomplished by adjusting the eyepiece ring on the telescope tube, and a solid brass cap is included to protect the lens when not in use. The stand has an adjustable knob to change and hold a specific direction. This solid brass nautical gem adds a beautiful shine and warmth to any room it graces.

The wooden tripod stand features smooth, polished round legs, each with solid brass fittings and a screw release to let you adjust the height. A solid brass chain holds the three wooden legs together so the telescope can maintain its position.

Dimensions: 14" L x 3" W x 30" H


Key Features:
  • 15X Magnification
  • Polished brass telescope with leather-wrapped body
  • Glass optics for a clear view (not plastic lenses)
  • Fully functional telescope focuses and magnifies
  • Sturdy wooden tripod supports telescope when viewing
  • Custom engraving/photo etching available: Logos, pictures or slogans can be easily put on any item. Typical minimum custom order is 100+ pieces. Minimum lead-time to produce and engrave is 4+ weeks.


Additional Information

Though the basic concept for the antique brass spyglass had come about prior to 1608, this is the year the first patent for this tool was applied for. Beginning a revolution in astronomic and military practices, becoming a common tool aboard naval and private ships, the brass nautical telescope used concave eyepieces along with an objective lens, made from quartz crystal, which produced a magnified but blurred image. In 1611 Johannes Kepler invented his own telescope using a convex eyepiece that drastically improved on the focusing power, yet inverted the image. As quality and design improved, and with the Industrial Revolution allowing for better manufacturing, the antique brass spyglass spread throughout Europe. In 1733 the first achromatic refracting lens was created using two lenses, one concave and one convex placed back to back, allowing for smaller, more manageable, telescopes to be created. Up until this point creating a telescope with great magnification required building one that was massive and stationary, and they were individually designed. By the late18th century, however, using the most modern technology it became possible to manufacture the antique brass spyglass on a larger scale with a smaller size. The early modern telescope was a design that became common among sea farers, naval and pirate alike, and these original nautical telescopes were crafted from leather and wood, and later of solid telescope brass. Used throughout the age of sail, sailors used the telescope to spot approaching ships, enemy targets, and obstacles in the high seas.