The MKII Scout Regiment Telescope was first introduced 1939 at the start of WW2, and soon after supplied as an integral part of the snipers No4T kit chest issued alongside the Holland & Holland modified Lee Enfield No.4(T) snipers rifle, matched scope, officers prismatic compass, etc. The 20x scope proved exceptional at acquiring targets and locating other snipers.
This Scout Regiment MK2 snipers spotting telescope is stamped with the British Military broad arrow, confirming service issue and stamped TEL.SCT.REGTS.MKIIs and this is one of a handful of scopes produced before they added the stamp OS. 126. GA. Broadhurst Clarkson made these very first scopes, and early ones such as this have the name written rather than the later lozenge logo, this also has the date stamp 1940.
This telescope is one of the earliest WW2 Scout Reg examples we have come across and would make a fine and scarce addition to any collection. Collectable in its own right as a WW2 spotting telescope, it would also make a correct period addition to a No4T chest as during the war the CES was often completed with earlier good quality scopes. It has the early format markings and (as it is generally agreed serial numbers started above 1000) this spotting telescope with serial 1763 is one of the earliest surviving examples from those issued during WW2. Astonishingly, both it's optical performance and condition rate amongst the most excellent examples we have seen.
As with all our scopes, this is 100% genuine and correct and should not be confused with the ridiculous fakes that are in circulation.
The optics have been cleaned, and both external and internal optics are correct and produce a bright & pin-sharp image suitable for use as a spotting scope as per original issue.
The drawers themselves have a superb age and use related patina, and we have fitted new linings and correctly adjusted the glands. With the focusing drawer being the easiest to extend and each tube becoming progressively firmer and hold their position so that adjustments to the focusing drawer does not alter their position. The largest drawer extending from the main barrel is slightly on the firmer side but very solid. The focusing tube drawer movement is smooth & fluid throughout the entire focus range while also holding a focus position if required.
The fitted leather case has typical wear but is in near perfect condition with tight solid stitching and loops throughout. The purple liner is complete, and the shoulder strap is original to the case and in excellent condition. The case buckle is in excellent condition, and the only flaw we could find is some of the fine leather covering the shoulder strap buckle is breaking off, again this is typical. Most buckles are missing their thin leather covering.
The body has general wear commensurate with age and military service, with some typical very slight dings to the main barrel. The leather cladding on the telescope body is complete and in very good condition with the correct patina. All the stitching is original and in excellent condition.
The achromatic lens assembly is in excellent condition and clear, if you look closely you will see a tiny chip to the very outer diameter; however, this is typical of the very early flint glass lenses. It does not affect the image in any way whatsoever. The sun shield extends firmly and holds a firm position, and the anti-glare filter to the eyepiece is clear and slides securely in and out of position.
A genuine military issue early MKII scope, cleaned, serviced, original leather case, excellent optics and fully usable. Without doubt, used extensively during WW2 and one of the earliest complete and original examples with have seen before. We are finding it harder to find these scope, and this is one of the best examples we have seen in a long time.
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