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Original British Naval Octagonal Wood Telescope c.1780 named to Capt. Samuel Pym, Royal Navy

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Original Item: One of a Kind. This is an early English Naval telescope, a single draw design with an octagonal wooden main body measuring 37" in length when closed and 42" when fully opened. The inner draw is brass, as are the fittings for front and rear. There are also sliding lens covers on either end. The inner tube does not have a "stop" on the end, so it pulls right out of the casing, and this is how the early telescopes were designed. There are also range marking rings cut into the inner draw, a way that telescopes would be personalized to a specific Captain.

There are no maker markings, as these were generally all hand made, but there is a faded brass plaque on one of the case flats marked:

Capt. Saml. Pym R.N.

Samuel Pym was born in 1778 and joined the Royal Navy, aged 10 years old in 1788 aboard H.M.S. ETHALION of 36 guns, which captured the Spanish ships "THETIS" and "SANTA BRIGIDA" in 1799. (The Santa Brigida was one of the greatest Treasure Ships ever captred by the Royal Navy in the 18th Century). He was assigned to HMS MARS in 1804 then to HMS ATLAS of 74 guns. He was decorated in the Battle of Santa Domingo of February 6th 1806.

He was given command of HMS SIRIUS in 1808. He became a Rear Admiral in 1837, Vice Admiral in 1847 Full Admiral in 1851. He died in 1855 aged 77 years.

The telescope was most likely given to Pym by a his family or a former commander, possibly in recognition of his first command. It was probably a treasured and trusty telescope, one they were sure would serve Captain Pym well.

An early great Naval Telescope that needs a good clean, direct from storage from a collection started in the 1950's.

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