Ribright, Thomas, 1750 c.+25
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photo - whole telescope
Basic Info

Maker: Ribright, Thomas

Year: 1750 c.+25

Year Range: -

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Manufacturing Location: England

Signature: Ribright / Optician / Fecit / London

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No stand present.

Collection: Louwman Collection of Historic Telescopes

Accession #: LC 219


Project investigation

Cocquyt, Tiemen. "400 Years of Telescopes" booklet, Zeeuws Museum, 2008. Item 40.

Louwman, P.J.K., and Zuidervaart, H.J., "A Certain Instrument for Seeing Far: Four Centuries of Styling the Telescope Illustrated by a Selection of Treasures from the Louwman Collection of Historic Telescopes". Wassenaar, 2013. p.167. #219.

Public Notes:

"Spyglass combined with a sewing kit, signed on the protective slide: ‘Ribright / Optician / Fecit / London’ and ‘By ye kings Royal patent’. Cylindrical tube made of blue agate, with elaborately decorated gold fittings. Length 11 cm, Ø 3 cm.

In 1749 the instrument maker Thomas Ribright received a patent for this compendium with a ‘perspective glass’ and several accessories. This ‘sewing kit’ (a lady’s necessaire!) contains a pair of scissors, a knife with a golden handle, an ear spoon, a golden pair of tweezers, an ivory aide-de-memoire and a golden pencil holder.

Provenance: auctioned in 1954 by the Egyptian government from the possessions of former King Farouk of Egypt" (Louwman and Zuidervaart, 2013).

Length (open): 110

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Optical Basics

Objective type: singlet

Optical style

Physical style spyglass and pocket

Functional style

Materials: ivory, stone, glass, gilt

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