Lot 42
Tulley & Sons, 19th Century British Brass Refracting Telescope
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
London, second quarter 19th century, of typical cylindrical form with 2¾ inch tube, removable Queen Anne style cabriole tripodal brass stand, signed "TULLEY & SONS, Islington, London to instrument, includes original bass objective lens cover, and integral sliding bass eyepiece cover without case.

Tube body 2 3/4 x 25 3/4 in. (without eyepiece); 20 x 37 1/4 x 11 in. (stand and eyepiece included)

Private Collection of an Antiquarian, Charlotte, North Carolina

William Tulley, 19th-century British optics maker, was the son of Charles Tulley and elder brother of Thomas Tulley, was part of the the Tulley and Sons optical instruments company. The firm was listed as Tulley & Sons in Islington, London from around 1826 to 1846. William Tulley is known for being the first (in 1824) to make achromatic object-glasses for microscopes and was a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Two small dents to tube body and minor marks to brass, overall appears in good cosmetic condition.