This old veteran of the sea is a mid-1800s, single-draw telescope that extends to a full 36 inches.
Bardou is an old, well-regarded firm that began making fine optics when Napoleon was misbehaving throughout Western Europe. The early U.S. Army Signal Service bought scopes from Bardou during the Civil War. The U.S. Lifesaving Service also used Bardou scopes in the late 19th century.
This old veteran of the sea is a mid-1800s, single-draw telescope that extends to a full 36 inches. The sun shade over the objective lens, when extended, adds another 3 inches to the length. The shape of the telescope tapers from 2.75 to 1.5 inches. The wood barrel still has its original leather cover. The sliding shutter over the ocular lens functions well. The shutter over the objective lens has been restored. The optics are excellent. Overall, a fine example of a mariner's telescope of the period.
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