Ribright, Thomas
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photo - whole telescope
Basic Info

Maker: Ribright, Thomas


Year Range: 1735-1772

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Manufacturing Location: England

Signature: T. Ribright

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No stand present.

Collection: Louwman Collection of Historic Telescopes

Accession #: LC 218


Cocquyt, Tiemen. "400 Years of Telescopes" booklet, Zeeuws Museum, 2008. Item 43.

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.166. #218.

Public Notes:

"Luxurious telescope with silver fittings and three green coloured drawtubes with blind tooling. Main tube covered with green coloured ray skin. Length 25-60 cm, Ø 4 cm. Signed: ‘T . Ribright / London’. Among the edge of one of the silver ferrules the following text is engraved: ‘The gift of Sam Lutwidge to G.T ., 1754 Superest Memoria’. Middle of the eighteenth century.

The instrument maker Thomas Ribright was active as a jeweller and optician between 1735 and 1772. He is renowned for his highly fashionable products. The former donor of this telescope, Samuel Lutwidge, was a member of a family of prominent merchants (also written as ‘Ludwidge’) in Whitehaven, an English city in Cumbria" (Louwman and Zuidervaart, 2013).

Length (open):

Length (closed): 600


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Optical Basics

Objective type: singlet

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Functional style

Materials: rayskin, silver

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