There are currently no items available for purchase in this Department. Search our Auction Archives below to find item values.
Lot
44080

[Mexican War]. Presentation Telescope Given to Colonel Francis M. Wynkoop, circa 1848. ...

2013 September 21 Legends of the West Signature Auction - The John N. McWilliams Texas Ranger Collection - Dallas #6104

 
Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
Claim Item: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
Auction Ended On: Sep 21, 2013
Item Activity: 3 Internet/mail/phone bidders
488 page views
Location: Heritage Auctions
3500 Maple Avenue
Dallas, TX 75219

Description:
[Mexican War]. Presentation Telescope Given to Colonel Francis M. Wynkoop, circa 1848. Early nineteenth-century lacquered refractor telescope with a 1 5/8 inch objective lens and a twenty-one inch tube. The tube is hand-engraved, "Presented to / Col. F. M. Wynkoop / 1st Regt. Penna. Vols. / by his Orderly Sergeant / B. S. Blitz / City of Mexico, May 25. 1848." The telescope has a lens cap and a detachable, straight-legged tripod with a slightly tapered column support. The telescope stands fifteen inches high. There are two types of focusing; course focusing by pulling out the drawtube and fine focusing with a rack and pinion mechanism inside the tube (inoperable). The top of the column has swivel altitude and directional adjustments. Unmarked and is housed in a fitted walnut case. The cased telescope is accompanied by a pencil note stating, "To my friend Maj. John C. Lessig from his friend in Mexico -". That note is affixed to a later note, "Presented to John C. / Lessig, by F. M. Wynkoop / Pottsville, Pa."

Colonel Wynkoop, commander of the 1st Pennsylvania Volunteers during the Mexican War, was for a time the commanding officer of Texas Ranger Samuel H. Walker and his company of United States Mounted Volunteers. Wynkoop was a vain, jealous man and was a nemesis of Walker during the latter's last months. Wynkoop twice had Walker arrested for disobeying orders the Ranger found to be illegal. Walker's men detested Wynkoop. In November 1847, Wynkoop was appointed military governor of Jalapa and was promoted to brigadier general. After the war, he returned to the United States and was made marshal for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania by President Pierce. Wynkoop was accidentally killed in a hunting accident in December 1857.

View large image(s) of this item

Service and Handling Description: Miscellaneous Collectibles, Large (view shipping information)

Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

Find Auction Prices for Comparable Items:

Photographs:
Sign-in or Join (free & quick) to see the full image



FLOOR AUCTIONS View All
Open For Bidding
Coming Soon
HERITAGE MEMBERSHIP
888,741
bidder-members
$981,916,746
sold in the last year
VIEW BENEFITS
  1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
  2. Bid online
  3. Free Collector newsletter
  4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
  5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    winnings 
CONSIGNMENTS WANTED
Consign to the 2015 March 14 Texana Grand Format Auction - Dallas.
Learn About Consigning With Us
From my experience, you conduct and operate the auction in a very professional manner.
J.D. ,
Lakewood, CO
HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. To compare for yourself, visit: compete.com
HERITAGE VIDEO TUTORIAL
GETTING THE MOST OUT OF SEARCH
RECENT AUCTIONS
2014 October 8 - 9 Historical Manuscripts Signature Auction - Beverly Hills
2014 October 8 - 9 Historical Manuscripts Signature Auction - Beverly Hills
REALIZED $854,979
HISTORICAL SURVEY
You could win!
Take the Survey