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. Further marks show the model number OS. 126. GA, maker HBMCo with a low early serial number, placing this scopes manufacture pre-1942. Eyepiece marked OS. 1616. SA.
This telescope is an excellent early WW2 example from HBMCo, arguably the rarest manufacturer of both optics (the OS.126.GA telescopes and the No32 sighting scopes) supplied with the No4T. Stamped HBMCo for Houghton-Butcher Manufacturing Company Limited, an optics manufacturing company that was based in Walthamstow, Great Britain. As with all our scopes, this is 100% genuine and correct and should not be confused with the ridiculous fakes that are in circulation.
Houghton Butcher's headquarters were bombed in 1942, and I have not yet seen scopes with serial numbers that would suggest manufacture beyond 1942. HBMCo is to the scout regiment scopes as Grana are to the WWW Dirty Dozen watches. Nevertheless, the HBMCo scopes are yet to command such a % premium above their fellow makers, making them a somewhat hidden gem. This telescope would also make a perfect addition for anyone lucky enough to have a genuine HBMCo Mk32 scope on their No4 T.
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. The drawers extend and retract smoothly. The focusing tube drawer has some slightly raised areas around the stamped letters area (see picture 12) and this can be felt by a slight resistance when opening & closing past this area. However, this area is entirely outside the focusing range, and the focus movement is smooth & fluid throughout the entire focus range while also holding a focus position if required.
The fitted leather case is well used with typical wear, but again in stable condition and with original strap and good condition buckles. There is the usual wear to the outer finish of the leather shoulder strap, although the leather remains soft.
There is general wear commensurate with age and military service. The leather cladding on the telescope body is complete and in good condition with the correct patina. There has been some lifting at the body end and sun shield end of the leather cladding, with two stitches now absent at each end (see enlarged picture 4), but this is now sealed and bonded, and both the leather and stitching are secured.
The achromatic lens assembly is in perfect condition and crystal clear. 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 extensively used during WW2 and from the rarest manufacturer, HBMCo.
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