This is a large military field scope from the early part of the twentieth Century.
every thing works as it should, focus is just a push in and out- and thats it.
would make a superb iconic statement in your home.
see over view to give a fuller picture of this English telescope manufactured by Thomas Cooke
A brief overview of Thomas Cooke (1807-1868)
Born in Allerthorpe in the East Ridings of Yorkshire,
Thomas Cooke was the son of a shoemaker.
In his youth, he became inspired by tales of Captain
Cooke (no relation) and resolved to go to sea by teaching himself mathematics
It is said, however, that his mother’s tears over the
dangers she foresaw caused him to change his mind and turn his attention to
optics and making telescopes.
This was something he became very good at.
After setting up a firm in York, he gained a worldwide
reputation for the quality of his refracting telescopes.
In his life time, he was instrumental in bringing Britain
back to the forefront of optical manufacturing, an area in which Germany and
France had begun to take over.
His firm built telescopes of outstanding quality that
were used by many professional and private observatories and which underpinned
important astronomical work, and his contribution to Victorian science is
certainly worth celebrating.
The Cooke six inch refractor which currently resides in
Hesketh Park, Southport, Merseyside was given to the people of Southport by
Lord Baxendale in 1902.
Quite apart from its functionality, it stands a beacon to
the ingenuity and skill of our forefathers,
It is an inspirational icon, and a reminder to look to
And as such it should be treasured and maintained for future
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