Lot 32
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ENGLAND, EARLY 20TH CENTURY | Edward, Prince of Wales' Telescope

800 - 1,200 GBP
3,000 GBP
bidding is closed


  • Edward, Prince of Wales' Telescope
  • tôle, glass lenses, leather
  • extended: 69cm, 27in.
with five draws, the leather case tooled E below the Prince of Wales feathers and the telescope with the same


Edward, Prince of Wales (1894-1972), later Duke of Windsor
Christie's, Rome, Libri Autografi Stampe, 17 June 2004, lot 585

Catalogue Note

Prince Edward joined the Royal Naval College in May 1907 at Osborne. Soon after his investiture as Prince of Wales in 1911, his father George V, arranged for him to serve as midshipman on a coal-burning battleship the Hindustan. In his autobiography, the Duke of Windsor relates ‘I was genuinely sorry to leave the only warship I ever actually served’ (The Duke of Windsor, A Kings Story, London, 1951, p. 80). He was promoted to Captain on the 8th of July 1919. The present lot could possibly date from either of these events in the young Prince’s life.