At only 5.5 inches when closed, and 18 inches extended, including sunshade, this scope is small enough to fit an overcoat or shooting jacket pocket.
William Henry Walmsley, born in Pennsylvania in 1830, was an early pioneer in micrography and modern optics. He was active in the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. His shop on Chestnut Street represented several scientific and optical firms besides his own.
Here is one of his field telescopes. At only 5.5 inches when closed, and 18 inches extended, including sunshade, this scope is small enough to fit an overcoat or shooting jacket pocket. It has three draws and an original blackened finish to reduce glare or reflection.
This was a common finish for woodsmen or naturalists scopes as well as rifle range optics. It later became popular with military officers during the Great War of 1914. This telescope was made between 1880 and 1891 and is marked W.H. Walmsley & Co, Philadelphia. It has its original leather covering and decorative knotting. The optics are clear and it focuses easily. A rare and exceptional piece by an interesting American maker.