An Early 20thC Gunmetal Telescope, by J.H. Steward, London


Origin: English
Period: Twentieth Century
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1900
Compact Length: 12 inches
Compact Width: 3 inches
Extended Length: 33 inches
Drawer length: 7 inches each

A 42mm three drawer refracting stalking telescope, with a sliding lens cover, in original brass mounted and stitched leather case.  The third drawer is engraved ''Marksman' J.H. Steward Ltd. London. Made in England'.  Internally the sight and magnification is fine, and externally the condition of the telescope is excellent. A finely made object, and a quality working tool, great for hunts, shoots, deer stalking, bird watching, or any number of wholesome autumnal pursuits; not great for spying on neighbours.

J.H. Steward Ltd was established in London, in 1856. Steward was the head optician of the company and had businesses at Cornhill and at 406 and 457 the Strand. In the middle of the nineteenth century he became the optician to the Government, as well as the National Rifle, and National Artillery Associations. The company made several other measuring instruments, such as barometers, microscopes, compasses and sundials.