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."
About This Item
- Title: British Naval and Merchant Telescope, ca. 1850
- Creation Date: circa 1850
- Subject Date: circa 1850
- Location: Portland, Cumberland County, ME
- Media: Brass, leather and celluloid
- Local Code: 2003.261.008
- Object Type: Image
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485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x230
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