Original British Napoleonic Era Naval Telescope Named to Captain Thomas Louis Royal Navy
This particular 18th. Century telescope is signed on the barrel:
DAY OR NIGHT
It is a single draw telescope measuring 36" in length when open and 20 1/2" when closed. It also has a 4" sun shade extension to the front, making 40" at its longest. The body is covered in a wood sheath, the rest is made of brass and glass of course. On the wood sheath there is an inlaid brass plaque stating:-
CAPTAIN THOs. LOUIS R.N.
Born May 11th 1758, it was rumored that his grandfather had been an illegitimate son of the French King LOUIS XIV, but that was never proved. He joined the Royal Navy aged 11 as a Midshipman and served extensively. By 1798 he had become a fast friend of Horatio Nelson and commanded H.M.S. MINOTAUR at the BATTLE OF THE NILE in 1798.
He missed the BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR,much to his regret, but was awarded with a Baronetcy and the Order of Saint Ferdinand and of Merit. His Naval career, which is enclosed in the form of an Internet Wikipedia Printout is included, was action packed. Unfortunately he died aboard his ship off the Egyptian port of Alexandria in May 1807 of fever aged just 49 years old.
In well used condition, the wood body cover shows considerable flaking and the brass of the telescope barrel has been split and repaired with solder apparently. Amazingly the optics still appear to operate.
An important Naval item almost certainly to have been with Captain Louis at the Battle of the Nile, Ready to Display.
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