Dollond London Maritime Binoculars owned by W Jessop RVYC 1875

A solid brass pair of maritime binoculars which were owned by William Jessop who was well known in yachting circles as the vice-commodore of the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, and the owner of the yacht Florinda and won many prestigious races. Florinda was a magnificent yacht and was built for Mr. William Jessop by Camper& Nicholson at Gosport in 1873. Registered at 135 tons, she measured 88½ feet in length with a 19 foot beam and had begun her impressive career by winning six 1st and five 2nd prizes in her first season. In 1877 she secured nine prizes worth £553 and did even better in 1878, with ten 1st and two 2nd prizes worth £736 to her credit as well as winning the Nore to Dover race the same year. After a perfectly creditable season in 1879, she then won a splendid eight 1st and six 2nd prizes in 1880. The binoculars were bought at auction and were advertised as I have stated. They work very well and appear to be in very nice condition although I am no expert. They have engraved on the brass parts of each eye piece, Dollond on one and London on the other. Its a an item that I bought for interest and purely for its appeal as a decorators display piece. What can I say but look at the photographs and make up your own mind. Many great items being listed daily so please look and why not follow my listings. If you live in the Isle ... read more