Davon Patent Telescope

Davon Patent Telescope



A leather cased brass Davon Patent 13251-12 Micro Telescope and Super Microscope by F. Davidson & Co. and retailed by Dollond of 28 Old Bond Street, London.

The leather case contains the dismantled Telescope and tripod, the two spare lenses, a brass lens case and a corkscrew fitting for mounting the telescope on a branch etc. The lenses with the set are Numbers 3, 5 and 6. All the parts sit in velvet lined compartments to a leather tray that can be lifted out. The tray has small buckles to one side suggesting that it originally had belt straps, and perhaps a pad, to secure the contents.

The Davon could be widely used not just as a Telescope and Microscope but also to aid close up photography and as a projecting lantern etc. Different lenses were available dependent on your needs. The corkscrew fitting with this set suggests it was bought to be used in the field or by a soldier.

The telescope is mostly covered in pigskin leather and the brass is blacked. The maker's details and patent number are engraved to the focus wheel and the brand name Davon and retailer's name and address are on labels to the case lid interior. The Davon was a superior Telescope and this example is in fine working condition. Early 20th century.

Case size is given.


Height 9.52 cm / 3 34"
Width 26.66 cm / 10 "
Depth 17.77 cm / 7 "

Early 20th century.


Brass, glass and leather




Davon and Dollond labels and engraving


Military telescope

From Chair To Cannon

Case shoulder strap is associated.