Emile Bruno Meyrowitz Telescope
100mm (95mm clear aperture) f/15
19.5 pounds, about 60" long
Fraunhofer Achromatic doublet objective, air spaced
100x, 110x and 215x eyepieces, Huygenian 2 element
70x, 85x eyepieces of unknown design
3 eyepiece filters - all far too dark to be lunar filters
10x25 finder scope
Brass & black lacquer

I have made adapters that fit in the 1.6" drawtube to hold modern 1.25" diagonal and eyepieces. It is proving to be a wonderful planetary and double star scope, as well as a great ice breaker :)

Aside from the name on the tailpiece, "E.B.Meyrowitz New York London Paris", I have not found any other markings. The Meyrowitz brand may be just that, as this firm was a retailer of items made by other optical manufacturers along with the opthalmological instruments it produced around the turn of the century. Its age is unknown but my wild guess is around 1930 - the E.B. Meyrowitz Paris shop opened in 1922, so it post-dates that. Scopes of a very similar design were produced in France prior to this - see the photos of the 4.1 inch Secretan refractor at The Antique Telescope Society for example, but this tailpiece design is very common and is not unlike the American Alvan Clark 5" you can see here. I have seen one other Meyrowitz Telescope - "Made by Broadhurst Clarkson & Co. Ltd, London England, for E.B. Meyrowitz, Inc., New York, London, Paris." I've contacted this firm (which is still in business at www.telescopehouse.co.uk) and they believe it may be one of theirs.

There is no natural phenomenon that grips the imagination and stirs the soul of mankind as does a total eclipse. We ought not look at it with the eye of a dog and bark because we do not understand it. Nor ought we to look at it with the eye of a hen and tuck our heads under our wings and go to sleep because we are not interested. We must look at it with the eye of the mind.
-- From a pamphlet written for watchers of the 1925 New York eclipse

Broadhurst Clarkson & Co. Ltd

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