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WW2 Snipers Observer Telescope MKVI

Broad arrow stamped


WW2 Broad Arrow Stamped Snipers Observer Telescope, TEL SIG MKVI, O.S 717. G.A

Introduced c1926, the MkVI (mk6) now came with blackened tubes and an eyepiece filter but kept the extra eyepiece from the MkIV (mk4). While the mk6 was now lighter than the mk4, it was much heavier and still far more expensive to make than it's successor, the 1939 Scout Regiment telescope.

It was common to see the MKVI in the CES of the No4T Sniper kits, but when supplied with No4T the extra high magnification eyepiece and the leather pouch was omitted (the circumstances with this example). Well-maintained telescopes by armourers saw conflicts as late as 1970/1980.

The quality of optics from Broadhurst Clarkson is superb, producing a very sharp image with very accurate colours. The magnification of this telescope is between 15x and 20x, combined with such a sharp bright image this would have been ideal for the sniper or observer to identify enemy targets and gather intelligence accurately.

This telescope is an excellent usable spotting telescope in its own right; the optics are excellent. However, it would make an excellent addition to any antique or Military collection. Furthermore, this MkVI would accurately complete a British & Commonwealth Nations No4T chest.

Fully exteneded sniper observer ww2 by Broadhurst Clarkson TEL. SIG. MkVI OS.717.GA
TEL. SIG. MkVI OS. 717. GA
Broashurst Clarkson & Co
Broad Arrow stamped.

50mm (2") Objective Lens, 285mm length retracted, 920mm extended (inc sun shield). Weight approx 1.6 KG (without sundries)

This MK6 snipers spotting telescope is stamped with the British Military broad arrow, confirming service issue. Further marks show the model: TEL SIG MkVI, maker B.C. Ltd & Co, very low serial number *007 and part number OS. 717. G.A.

Condition

We have new fitted new gland linings and also adjusted the drawers so that the first two have a firmer extension with the focusing tube having the desirable looser action, while still holding focus position. The drawers are more or less airtight now. There is a generous amount of bluing remaining on the drawers combined with an age and service related patina. There is a very slight highpoint along the length of the seam line of the first drawer; this can be felt slightly on extension/retraction, but it is original to the telescope.

The leather cladding has two military marks, the first is a large stencilled number '69' in black ink and to the other side a smaller stencilled letter 'R' in white paint. We have not identified the significance of the letter and number combination.

The telescope has remained in military service for a considerable time and will have seen service during WW2 and later conflicts. There is general wear, scuffs and marks, all commensurate with age and service. The stitching is in good order on the telescope body and sunshield; one edge on one of strap loops has been bonded to the body to reinforce a small area of loose edge stitching. The leather end caps are well worn, and we needed to apply the same reinforcement to a strap loop on the eyepiece cap.

Both external and internal optics are original, correct, clean and produce an incredibly bright sharp and colourful image suitable for use as a critical spotting scope as per original issue. There is a small chip to the internal outer edge of the flint glass section of the achromatic lens assembly (pictured and highly magnified to show in it's worst light!). At this size and position, there is no impact whatsoever on the optical image. Nevertheless, the price has been adjusted accordingly and we do offer a return policy if you are not entirely satisfied.

The optics are outstanding we can decern the roman numerals at 1200m (1300yards) on a church clockface.

A genuine military issue MKVI scope, cleaned, serviced, excellent optics and fully usable.

Price £295 + p&p

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