Thoreau’s Spyglass

England, about 1854
Brass, mahogany, glass; paper, oil cloth, leather
Gift of Mr. Walton and Miss Anna Ricketson (1929) Th41, Th22

Henry Thoreau was a keen observer of nature. Thoreau hesitated before buying a spyglass, a rare extravagance, knowing that using it would change his perspective on the world. Buying this spyglass in Boston in 1854 revolutionized his bird watching, bringing the living bird closer.