Historic 1953 CAVE Optical Co. Mirror (6”) RARE
Until recently I didn’t know how rare it really is.
After doing some research I found it to be one of only 1000 made that were handed signed by: Thomas Cave Sr. himself
This mirror is clearly scribed on the back in the Thomas Cave Old English stile inscription
Cave Optical Co-Long Beach–CAL
Norton himself says he wished he had gotten Thomas Cave to sign one for him but he didn’t and he says LUCKY is the Amateur the has one of these Mirrors,
starting from 1950 Thomas Cave Sr. hand scribed the mirrors on the back with the stats of the mirror until his death in 1957
See Article below:
Cave Optical Company
In mid-December 1950, CAVE Sr and Jr entered full time business: They received a large order for the primary mirrors, and then for tube assemblies and the mounting systems, and by late 1951 they were to do the telescope business; this becoming eventually Cave Opitical Company.
NORTON also belonged to the Company and tells us an episode about CAVE Sr who was a wonderful man:
He also had wonderful handwriting. With a diamond pencil he scribed the Cave Optical signature on the back of each mirror, complete with focal length and mirror number.But on that day the elder Cave had blundered: a just-completed 6-inch mirror on his desk bore the beautiful Cave Optical inscription ---on the front! We never let him forget that day." NORTON also writes " I regret that I did not have him scribe a mirror for me in his Old English style. A thousand mirrors bear his distinctive mark, and lucky is the amateur who has one.Sr passed away in 1957, and since then CAVE Jr became Thomas CAVE.
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A new 6" Astrola set is $400.00
I was told this mirror could be worth over $1000.00
I would like to get $700.00
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