Original British Lieutenant-General Harry Trelawny Brass Telescope with Letter Dated February 5th 1787
Original Items: Only one set available. We can now announce the complete acquisition of an astounding private British military collection from which we have been purchasing piecemeal from for some time. The collector wishes to remain anonymous but he began collecting just after WWII and stopped in the 1990’s. The majority of his "named items" have secondary named items supporting provenance making this a truly remarkable Collection.
This current set is comprised of a very fine 18th century all brass leather bound draw telescope measuring when fully extended 39 inches. It is built with three sections and contracts to just 18 inches when fully collapsed. There is no trace of the maker name or the country of origin, however, we are convinced this English and was made in London. Each lens, both front and rear, still have in place their sliding plate lens protectors and when the rearmost tube is extended a few inches it exposes a faint script engraving:
In addition we have, as a companion piece, a beautifully hand written letter dated February 5th 1787 from the Coldstream orderly room addressed to "The Secretary of War, Sir George Young" and the letter is written and signed by "Harry Trelawny". The letter concerns Promotions within the Coldstream Guards of which Trelawny was Lt. Colonel and later promoted to Lt General in 1793.
Lieutenant-General Harry Trelawny (1726 28 January 1800) was a British Army officer who served with the Coldstream Guards during the American Revolutionary War. He was wounded while leading a battalion of the Guards during the war and later rose to the lieutenant-colonelcy of the regiment.
Trelawny was the son of Capt. William Trelawny and his wife Mary Bisset, and the grandson of Brig-Gen. Henry Trelawny. He served with the "Buffs" as an ensign and carried the regimental colors during the Jacobite rising of 1745. He was commissioned an ensign in the Coldstream Guards on 28 June 1746. He was promoted lieutenant on 4 March 1752, and on 15 June of that year he married Mary Dormer (d. 22 February 1813) at Mayfair Chapel, by whom he had children, including:
Col. Charles Trelawny (d. 1820), later Trelawny-Brereton, of Shotwick Park
Sophia Trelawny, married John L. Freeman, of Crickmaillyn on 15 June 1801
Trelawny served with the Coldstreams during the Raid on St Malo and the Raid on Cherbourg in 1758. He became a captain on 14 March 1762. Trelawny again saw service during in the American Revolutionary War, in which he led the first battalion of the regiment. He fought at the Battle of White Plains in 1776, and was promoted to a colonel in the army on 6 September 1777. He again led the first battalion at the Battle of Monmouth, where he was wounded. He was promoted to first major of the regiment on 5 May 1780, later to major-general in the army, and was promoted lieutenant-colonel of the Coldstreams on 23 November 1785. He became Governor of Landguard Fort in 1788 and retired from the Guards on 25 May 1789. On 12 October 1793, he was promoted to lieutenant general. He died on 28 January 1800, and was buried on 13 February at St Anne's Church, Soho.
This is a highly researchable British officer who partook in the Revolutionary War, a hand written and signed military document written by him in 1787 and a fine telescope dating from after 1793 displaying his name as a Lieutenant General, making this a lovely offering for any Revolutionary War or British military collector.
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