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Wolastoqiyik: laput

Mi’kmaq: laputi

The spyglass, or telescope, is an optical instrument that allows the user to observe distant objects thanks to two glass prisms or lenses located inside. It is cylindrical, made of brass and wood, and is easy to carry because of its telescopic mechanism.

The spyglass is mainly used by sailors for navigation, as well as for nature observation.

This object was invented towards the end of the 16th and the beginning of the 17th centuries. Most of the spyglasses and telescopes of the 19th century are imported from Europe.


Date: Unknown

Origin: Europe

Owner: Université du Québec à Rimouski. Maison Louis-Bertrand. L’Isle-Verte.


Encyclopedia Britannica. (n.d.). Hans Lippershey. Retrieved August 12, 2022, from https://www.britannica.com/biography/Hans-Lippershey

Smithsonian National Museum of American History. (n.d.). Prism Binoculars. Retrieved August 12, 2022, from https://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/search/object/nmah_1296585

Illustration: Spyglass