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TELESCOPE GIVEN AS GIFT BY KAISER WILHELM II

SKU: 20-134

$5,995.00

This is a fascinating, naval-style telescope. It probably was a gift from Kaiser Wilhelm to an admirer. It measures 13 3/4″ unextended and 21 1/4″ extended. It is leather-wrapped. I do not see a silver content on the exposed metal surfaces that are not leather wrapped. An interesting peg arrangement uncovers the eye piece and protects it from exposure or damage when the telescope is not in use. Also up near the eyepiece is a staggered trim that looks like four coiled ropes, further advancing the telescope’s naval motif. As previously mentioned, the leather wrapping provided a better grip of the telescope when in use. On the barrel’s exposed metal is a wonderful, jeweler-engraved cypher of Wilhelm II, along with a Hohenzollern Crown. This cypher is quite large, measuring 2 3/4″ x 1.” Also, on the barrel is an indication the telescope was made in France. It is entirely possible it was purchased from German sources on one of the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern’s voyages, when she was away from her home port. At the front of the telescope is an interesting swing-away lens cover. An item like this shows the wide range of items given by the Kaiser to admirers, German and foreign dignitaries, and supporters. It is splendidly made. [Its one current defect is that the lens are cloudy, making it impossible to see through it (only light shows). The new owner may disassemble the piece to clean the lens if he or she so desires]. It would make a fine addition to any royalty or naval collection.

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This is a fascinating, naval-style telescope. It probably was a gift from Kaiser Wilhelm to an admirer. It measures 13 3/4″ unextended and 21 1/4″ extended. It is leather-wrapped. I do not see a silver content on the exposed metal surfaces that are not leather wrapped. An interesting peg arrangement uncovers the eye piece and protects it from exposure or damage when the telescope is not in use. Also up near the eyepiece is a staggered trim that looks like four coiled ropes, further advancing the telescope’s naval motif. As previously mentioned, the leather wrapping provided a better grip of the telescope when in use. On the barrel’s exposed metal is a wonderful, jeweler-engraved cypher of Wilhelm II, along with a Hohenzollern Crown. This cypher is quite large, measuring 2 3/4″ x 1.” Also, on the barrel is an indication the telescope was made in France. It is entirely possible it was purchased from German sources on one of the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern’s voyages, when she was away from her home port. At the front of the telescope is an interesting swing-away lens cover. An item like this shows the wide range of items given by the Kaiser to admirers, German and foreign dignitaries, and supporters. It is splendidly made. [Its one current defect is that the lens are cloudy, making it impossible to see through it (only light shows). The new owner may disassemble the piece to clean the lens if he or she so desires]. It would make a fine addition to any royalty or naval collection.