Original British Naval Wood & Brass Mounted Telescope of Famous Officer
Original Item: Only One Available. A Brass mounted wood bodied draw telescope measuring 20" overall when closed made by Thomas Harris & Son, 20 Duke Street, Bloomsbury (London).
Engraved around the brass collar "THE HONOURABLE GRANVILLE LEVESON PROBY"
The telescope is fine display condition measuring 34.5 inches when fully drawn, comes complete with sliding eye lens cover, however, does not appear to be fully functional and does need some sort of internal servicing. It is a typical Naval Officer's telescope as used during the Napoleonic Wars.
The Owner however was the rather colorful Granville Leveson Proby who, born in 1782, he enlisted in His Majesty's (King George III) Navy and served at the Battle of the Nile aged just 15 in 1798 and again at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.
Proby had a long Naval Career and was promoted Rear-Admiral in 1841, Vice-Admiral in 1851 and to full Admiral in 1857.
In addition to his Naval Career Proby served as a Member of Parliament for County Wicklow from 1816 - 1829, and in 1855 he succeeded his brother John and became the THIRD EARL CARYSFORT and entered the House of Lords.
He died in 1868 at the age of 85, and was in turn succeeded by his own Son of the same name.
An interesting Maritime Telescope belonging to an Officer who served at some of England's greatest Sea Victories and later rose to be of Admiral Rank and a Peer of the Realm.
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