19th Century Binoculars
19th Century Binoculars 19th Century Binoculars 19th Century Binoculars 19th Century Binoculars 19th Century Binoculars 19th Century Binoculars
$ 79.99

Item ID: 19th Century Binoculars

Antique brass binoculars with leather overlay. This is a beautiful piece that has an interesting history. It has an inscription that reads: "To Mr. James Whitelaw from the Choir and Friends of Russell Chapel. In appreciation of his services as leader of Psalmody. Dundee, Sep. 1879." Mr. Whitelaw was born in Dundee, Scotland in the year 1840 and passed away in 1887. He was a sub-editor of the story magazine, 'The People's Friend', which is still publishing magazines in Dundee, Scotland. He was described as having an "observant eye and delicate touch, with an elevation of thought and poetic spirit that make him deserving of an honoured niche among the minor bards (poets) of Scotland." You can read some of his poetry online by searching for Poems of James Whitelaw in Google Books, such as A Song of Hope, and Jessie's Supper. These binoculars were no doubt a special treasure for Mr. Whitelaw. They are of very good quality with what seem to be French optics and, although aged, have a wonderful appeal with somewhat of a rustic appearance. What a unique and special item!


  • Fully extended, these measure about 8" long and 4.75" wide.
  • Note that the case is not available.


  • Part of our Estate Collection and in very good condition for age. There are normal wear defects, small scratches, etc. They are fully functional and surprisingly clear. Note that some of the stitching on the leather wrapping has separated, causing the leather to become loose.

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