QUEEN, JAMES W., AND COMPANY, retailer.
A 2½-inch refracting telescope, France, c.1900, probably manufactured by Bardou, signed "Queen & Co. | Philadelphia," brass, with brass stand, 1070 mm long, stand 440 mm high, housed in original wood case, with alternate eyepiece with shutter, lens cap.
"Time and again during the second half of the nineteenth century, James W. Queen and Company claimed to have 'the largest and best assorted Stock of Mathematical, Optical, and Philosophical Instruments, both of foreign and domestic manufacture, in the United States.' This was no idle boast ... This Philadelphia firm was the leading American purveyor of a wide range of the objects that were coming to be known as scientific instruments" (Warner, p vii).