History of Cape-Cod Telescope

Telescopes have played an important part in the history of the world - particularly during the Eighteenth Century when navigation and mapping of the oceans were becoming predominant. It was an absolute necessity to have an optical instrument on board for a vessel to operate in and out of any port. When ocean shipping came to the forefront, this same type of telescope was then placed in the harbor so that scheduling of cargo deportation could take place. The scheduling personnel worked in small buildings called "counting houses." The telescopes were used for observing incoming ships and listing their flags of origin. Thus the name "counting house telescope" or "trade telescope" became known throughout the world. The floors of theses various buildings were never quite level, and for the counting house telescope to be used with any accuracy, a plum-bob was attached to the instrument to give the observer some sort of alignment. This unique feature has become a trade mark of each and every floor model telescope from the "Glass Eye". Our entire line of instruments have been developed with all of the mystique and heritage of this bygone era. Our manufacturing techniques require the highest standards possible. We combine the finest raw materials and optics along with the aesthetic appeal of hand-polished solid brass, rich genuine leather and hand finished oak, teakwood, or mahogany. All of our telescopes represent the ultimate in master craftsmanship; a precision optical instrument that is also a fine addition to the decor of any room or office.


"I personally oversee the manufacturing process and conduct quality inspections on component parts and finished instruments. I know you'll share my pride when you place one of these fine telescopes in your home."

Roger Jesme
President, The Glass Eye