Ross of London
Posted 21 June 2010 - 07:26 AM
Posted 21 June 2010 - 10:01 PM
Posted 22 June 2010 - 03:24 AM
I'm trying to get information and the value of a very old brass telescope and tripod.
Andrew Ross operated in London from the early to mid 1800's, and Thomas Ross took the business afterwards. A bit of info here on page 95:
Sadly, the name of Ross is now widely counterfeited, and small draw tube scopes with their name crudely stamped into the brass are easily found at various markets around London.
At a guess, I would estimate this is a late 1800's example (earlier scopes tended to be more ornate around the mountings), and that style of tube was common around that time. Original lacquer appears to be gone, which can reduce it's value to a collector.
Tough to say without seeing it, and I'm not sure about US values for stuff like this...but in a private sale in the UK, I would guess around £600-£700 (around $900-$1000) (assuming it's in full working order). The appeal of 'Olde English Brass' may make it worth more in the US? Don't know...
In an antiques store, of course...it would be double...and at an Antiques Fair in King's road, Chelsea... where the term budget has no meaning...the cost of a small-medium size car.
Value...once again, as much as someone is willing to pay.
I hope this helps.
Posted 22 June 2010 - 04:49 AM
Posted 22 June 2010 - 03:11 PM
Thank you all that have responded, I still don't think I have enough information to sell it properly.
Posted 22 June 2010 - 04:31 PM
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Posted 23 June 2010 - 09:28 AM
Posted 24 June 2010 - 09:27 AM
A British antique dealer whom I've done much business with in the past has been selling older tripod-mounted British-made refractors like this one for about 350 to 500 pounds.