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British Naval and Merchant Telescope, ca. 1850

Contributed by Maine Historical Society

Elizabeth Aageson of Portland owned this telescope, which was made in London, and that has a reference guide of different British merchant signal flags. Merchant ships flew signal flags representing their owners.

Aageson loaned the telescope to the Navy's World War I campaign "Eyes for the Navy." The Navy asked for telescopes, binoculars, sextants and chronometers to help with the war effort.

Attached to the telescope is a metal tag that reads "Donated to U.S.N. by Miss Elizabeth Aageson 436 St. John Street Portland Me. 1808."

Other Information


  • Title: British Naval and Merchant Telescope, ca. 1850
  • Creation Date: circa 1850
  • Subject Date: circa 1850
  • Town: Portland
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME
  • Media: Brass, leather and celluloid
  • Local Code: 2003.261.008
  • Object Type: Image

For more information about this item, contact:

Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822
http://www.mainehistory.org

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