Marshall, John, 1700 c.
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photo - whole telescope
Basic Info

Maker: Marshall, John

Year: 1700 c.

Year Range: -

Year Notes:

Manufacturing Location: England

Signature: JOHN MA

Signature Notes:


No stand present.

Collection: National Maritime Museum

Accession #: NAV1515


Royal Museum Greenwich. "Hand-held telescope". [Accessed: June 2016].

Public Notes:

"This non-achromatic telescope has five draw tubes. The barrel is covered with sharkskin and is intricately decorated with silver pins. The draw tubes are made of hand-coloured vellum with fittings made of horn and silver and the eyepiece lens is set in a horn mount. The objective lens and possibly a lens cap are missing. The name 'JOHN MA' is stamped on several tubes, suggesting that it was made by John Marshall, one of the leading opticians in London. He was a contemporary of Robert Hooke and worked in Ludgate Street" (Royal Museums Greenwich).

Length (open): 909

Length (closed): 304


Exit pupil:

Object status:

Optical Basics

Objective type: singlet

Optical style

Physical style pocket

Functional style

Materials: vellum, silver, sharkskin, wood, horn, glass, pasteboard

Optical/Lab Data

Drawtube data:

Drawtube notes:

Diameter: 44 mm (barrel)

Objective Data