Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Bell, Capt William Douglas, Port Captain of Natal


Captain William Bell with his telescope.
Note the absence of epaulettes on his coat in this photo.
Probably taken ca 1860.






Bell's Dolland telescope showing maker's mark and 'Day or Night' engraved on the side.
(photograph by Caz Collins, a Bell descendant)



4 comments:

Eira Makepeace said...

Dollond still operates as Dollond and Aitchison, opticians!

Mole said...

Thank you for your comment, Eira! There is a very good web page on the topic of telescopes and particularly the history of the Dollond operation at

http://www.college-optometrists.org/en/college/museyeum/online_exhibitions/observatory/telescope/


Caz Collins said...

Lovely to see my photograph here. The telescope was always an item of interest and curiosity hen we were children

Mole said...

Thank you Caz - good to hear from you! I've had great response on Bell and his telescope. Many thanks for the photos you provided.