ENGLISH MAHOGANY AND BRASS SPYGLASSES / TELESCOPES, LOT OF TWO, each ten-sided body with single draw, one with two dust covers, one marked "LINCOLN / LONDON" for Charles Lincoln (c. 1744-1807). Cases retain an original, dry surface. Fourth quarter 18th/early 19th century. 38" L closed.
Good as-found condition, one lacking eye piece, each with cracks to case, loose mounts, lenses appear to be intact.
Provenance: Historic property descended in the Clopper-Hutton family, "The Woodlands", Montgomery Co., MD._x000D_
Exhibited: "Magnificent Voyagers", National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, November 14, 1985-November 9, 1986.
Catalogue Note: These spyglasses were carried by botanist/explorer Maj. William Rich (1800-1864) on his United States Exploring Expedition of 1838-1842. They likely originally belonged to his father, Captain Obadiah Rich (1758-1805) who commanded the brig "Intrepid" in the American Revolutionary War.