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The Hampton Nautical Premium Quality 27" Brass Spy Glass Telescope is a great gift for a nautical navigator in your family. The spy glass measures 27" when its four brass tubes, which are clear coated to protect the brass from tarnishing, are fully extended. The spy glass is 9" when collapsed and made from 100% solid brass. Simply adjust the telescope tube length to bring image into clear focus.
The 27" spy glass is shipped in a beautiful felt-lined brass-inlaid hardwood case. The box features brass side inlets on all sides and the Hampton Nautical solid brass anchor-with-rope logo on the top of the box. The box is smooth finished hardwood, gloss finished, measuring 9.5" wide with a solid brass clasp in front.
Dimensions: 32" L x 2" W x 2" H
Polished brass spy glass body
Glass optics for a clear view (not plastic lenses)
Fully functional spy glass focuses and magnifies
Solid rosewood box adorned with brass anchor emblem
Custom engraving/photo etching available: Logos, pictures or slogans can be easily put on any item. Typical minimum custom order is 100+ pieces. Minimum lead-time to produce and engrave is 4+ weeks.
Though antique telescopes were not invented and fully put to use until the late 16th and early 17th centuries, the notion of using lenses to magnify objects dates to ancient times. Glass lenses were originally discovered by the Phoenecians, as described by Pliny, around 5000 BC when cooking fires on the desert sand caused the sand to melt. The earliest known magnifying lens is from 750 BC from the Assyrian palace of Nimrud. Along with these earliest glass lenses, natural crystal lenses have been used since before recorded history, and it was these crystal lenses that were used in the earliest model antique telescopes. By the 12th Century reading stones were documented throughout Europe, and in the 14th Century spectacles were invented in Northern Italy, with convex lenses designed to correct for far sightedness. Within a hundred years the invention of concave lenses in spectacles allowed for correction in near sightedness. While antique telescopes were still a century away from creation, and telescope brass had yet to be implemented, the idea for such a device was mentioned in the 13th Century by English Philosopher Roger Bacon. In his treatise Opus Majus, Bacon makes mention of several “transparent bodies” being arranged “with respect to our sight and objects of vision, that the rays will be deflected and bent in any direction,” so that “we may see the object near or at a distance.” This treatise may have been one of the first written descriptions of the concept that would later become the spyglass telescope.
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