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    TELESCOPE BELONGING TO CAPTAIN SAMUEL NICHOLSON, SUPERINTENDENT OF CONSTRUCTION OF THE USS CONSTITUTION - "OLD IRONSIDES". This Spencer, Browning and Rust 'Day or Night' telescope was the property of Captain Samuel Nicholson, the Superintendent of Construction of the USS Constitution, affectionately called 'Old Ironsides'. The ship commissioned by President George Washington was built at Hart's shipyard at Boston from 1794-1797 with Nicholson serving as inspector. He also was the first to command the ship taking her to sea in 1798. The ship's nickname came during the War of 1812 when British shells were seen to bounce off her sides as if the ship was made of iron. Seeing service as a training ship in the Civil War at the US Naval Academy, the ship still survives and is anchored at Boston harbor, the oldest ship of the US Navy.

    This telescope measures 36" when fully extended and is made of quality optics, brass and mahogany. It has both dust slides at each end of the eyepieces with the main lens measuring 2". Spencer, Browning and Rust made quality telescopes in London from 1784-1840.

    Provenance: The Tharpe Collection of Military History

    Exhibited: The Liberty Heritage Society Museum

    The telescope is in overall good condition with dents to the mahogany. It is in perfect working condition

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    December, 2007
    1st Saturday
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