Original British Napoleonic Era Very Large Telescope Casing Named to R.H.A. Waterloo Commander
Original Item. One of a Kind. From the great named telescope Collection IMA bought in England earlier in 2018 which have now all arrived in New Jersey this is a UNIQUE item. It is only the outer casing of a massive early telescope measuring almost 50" in length and 3 1/4" across the front end. All the lenses and internals are missing. Only the leather covered wood casing with it brass rear and front mounts remain. There is an original circular brass band about half way down it's length that has engraved on it, which is somewhat hard to read:
Lt. Col. SIR AUGUSTUS FRAZER
The original collector/vendor to IMA told us he missed the inscription when he first acquired this item 40 years ago in another collection purchase and nearly sold it off in a rejects lot! Only be the grace of God did he happen to see something under the dirt and grime. Hopefully another early telescope can be found to replace the missing parts to restore the piece of WATERLOO History to its former glory.
Lt.Colonel Sir Augustus Frazer was born in 1776, attended the Military Academy in 1790 and became a 2nd Lt. in the Royal Artillery in 1793. He served throughout the Napoleonic Wars under Wellington and his service at the Battle of Waterloo earned him a K.C.B. and Gold Cross with one Clasp. He died as a full colonel on June 11th 1835, when he was holding the appointment of Director of the Royal Laboratory.
A fine piece of Waterloo history albeit not complete.
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