An Antique & Rare Military Sighting Telescope (1916) by Watson & Sons, #4, Mk 3, #5660, 43cms Long. QF (quick-firing) 13 & 18-Pounder. This is an antique survivor of World War One and would have been involved in battles such as those listed below. It is quite amazing that any military item that was used in such violent theatres of war, has survived since 1916. The Sighting Telescope has stamped on it the follow information.
(date of construction & issue). Broad Arrow (British military mark). The length of this lovely antique survivor is approx. The telescope definitely sore action as it is made of brass but deliberately covered in a layer of black paint/enamel to prevent it shining in the light and giving away the gun emplacement.
It would have been used with either the 13-Pounder Artillery Filed Cannon or the 18-Pounder version. These Ordnance QF (quick-firing) 13 & 18-Pounder.Were the standard equipment of the British and Canadian Royal Horse Artillery at the outbreak of World War I. They were unusual as they were designed in collaboration between several manufacturers, in response to the experiences in the Boar Wars. The makers were called to a conference and agreed to collaborate to produce a composite design. This used the Armstrong gun, Vickers recoil system, and Royal Ordnance Factory's sighting & elevating gear and ammunition carrying. This sighting element was part sub-contracted out to Watson & Sons Ltd, producing this type of sighting telescope. Such telescopes are rare and highly collectable, because most never survived the battlefields of World War One (see list below). Yes it has scratches on the black anti-reflective coating but it has survived in a good condition as verified by the images. Evocative display piece, a direct connection with the battlefields of World War One. Second Battle of the Aisne, also called the Third Battle of Champagne. Third Battle of Ypres, also called the Battle of Passchendaele. But it should also be remember there were other fronts, not just the Western Front, this reliable artillery piece and sighting telescope was use in, these would have included. Please be patient, we promise to get your item to you as soon as humanly possible. I cannot guarantee when this will be but it will be as soon as we can under the current circumstances & restrictions.
The item "Rare Antique Military Sighting Telescope (1916) by Watson & Sons, #4, Mk 3 #5660" is in sale since Wednesday, September 30, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectables\Militaria\Other Militaria\Army". The seller is "curiouscatcollectables" and is located in Blyth. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom, Antigua and barbuda, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Australia, United States, Bahrain, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, China, Israel, Hong Kong, Norway, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Bangladesh, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Barbados, Brunei darussalam, Dominica, Egypt, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Grenada, French guiana, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Macao, Monaco, Maldives, Montserrat, Martinique, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Turks and caicos islands, Aruba, Saudi arabia, South africa, United arab emirates, Ukraine, Chile, Bahamas, Colombia, Costa rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Kuwait, Panama, Qatar, El salvador, Trinidad and tobago, Uruguay, Philippines, Cayman islands.
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