Dollond, 1789
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photo - whole telescope
Basic Info

Maker: Dollond

Year: 1789

Year Range: -

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Manufacturing Location: London, England

Signature: Dollond/London

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No stand present.

Collection: Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre

Accession #: 971.024.001


Project investigation: correspondence w/ museum curator.

Public Notes:

Three draw hand-held nautical telescope. Consists of a wood barrel, three brass draw tubes and brass fittings at each end, held on with tiny brass screws. The brass fittings include a sliding eyepiece lens cover. The maker’s name is inscribed on the smallest draw tube, near to the eyepiece. Max diameter 46 mm.

Reputed to be a telescope used by Alexander Mackenzie on his 1789 trip from Fort Chipewyan down, and back up the Deh Cho (Mackenzie River). The source says that the telescope was purchased from the direct descendants of Alexander Mackenzie's cousin, Roderick Mackenzie. Roderick Mackenzie lived in Terrebonne County, north of Montreal, and took over Alexander Mackenzie’s business interests in about 1812. Date attribution is the year of Mackenzie’s expedition down the Mackenzie River.

Length (open): 722

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Optical Basics

Objective type: unconfirmed

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Materials: wood, brass

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