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3-inch Library Refracting Telescope by Buff & Buff

Auction:
2502
Lot:
528
Sold for:
$5,629$4,750

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Auction:
Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 2502
Location:
Marlborough
Date / Time :
May 01, 2010 10:00AM

Description:

3-inch Library Refracting Telescope by Buff & Buff, Boston, Massachusetts, engraved on viewing end Utschneider und fraunhofer in Munchen, 45 in. brass capped mahogany tube with attached 15-in. sighting scope, rack focus and elevation strut, two additional ocular lenses, both marked Day Power, one 10 3/4 the other 7-in. and an additional eyepiece marked Astronomical Power, brass base with folding cabriole legs, walnut carrying case with fitted interior and 8 x 7 1/4 in. printed label with instructions and maker's name inside the lid, ht. with scope level, 28 1/2 in., cased 50 x 13 x 6 1/2 in.

Provenance: Frances Lee Higginson
Estimate $800-1,200

No apparent damage, repairs or restoration. A business card inside the lid states that the scope was restored in 1988. Age consistent imperfections on case.

Keywords

Library Refracting Telescope, Massachusetts, Frances Lee Higginson, Lenses, Telescopes