Original British Victorian Era "The Lord Bury" 3 Draw Telescope With Leatherette Cover and Caps - Sole Manufacturer J.H. Steward

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. James Henry Steward established J H Steward Ltd in 1852. With his first opticians practice located on The Strand, he gained a reputation as a skilled manufacturer of optical, scientific, and nautical instruments. Steward quickly became the primary optician to the Government, the National Rifle Association, and the National Artillery Association. The business remained in the family until 1972 when the founder’s great grandson finally decided to pass on the mantle.

This is an early example of the famous Lord Bury telescope made by J H Steward, 406 Strand & 51 Cornhill, London. The first draw tube is engraved with:

J. H. Steward
406 66 456 Strand 54 Cornhill,

In very good cosmetic and optical condition with a minor crack in the objective lens, the makers name is engraved both on the first draw tube and also on a brass plaque on the leather clad main barrel:

The Lord Bury Telescope
Sole Manufacturer
406-66 Strand 54 Cornhill
N0 2606 London

The 3 draw tubes have a firm, smooth draw action, retaining the majority of their original anti glare coating, generally in good order save for the odd, minor ding. The leather covered main barrel’s stitching is in good order even the lens covers as well. Measures 10 3/4" closed in the case and 32" fully extended.

A lovely example ready for further research and display.

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