A single draw telescope, British Antarctic Expedition 1901
1.5in(4cm) diam. leather covered brass tube, stamped "ANT.EX.1901" The draw tube eyepiece and sunshade chrome plated brass the tube stamped "ANT.EX.1901, HO 9". 18in(46cm)long.
The 1901 National Antarctic Expedition was one of the first major exploratory trips to the Antarctic. Sponsored by the Royal Geographical Society the purpose of the Expedition was to investigate an area that, up until this point, was relatively uncharted. The Expedition set sail on the 31st July 1901 on board HMS Discovery.
The members of the crew included some of the most recognised figures in Antarctic Exploration. The Captain of HMS Discovery was Robert Falcon Scott (dubbed Scott of the Antarctic), who would later participate in the ill-fated race to the South Pole during which he perished. Ernest Shackleton was also employed as a key member of the crew, this expedition being his first trip to the Antarctic. Edward Adrian Wilson was the assistant surgeon and his contribution to the trip was of central importance.
During the 3-year expedition many of the crew died due to the tremendously difficult weather conditions and hereto unexplored terrain. The trip of the HMS Discovery was one of central importance to the history of British exploration.
The telescope was produced by 'J. Hammersley, London' and is stamped with makers mark.