WW1 Naval Gun Sighting Telescope
- Price: $495.00 CAD
This item was built by W. Ottway & Co 1917. The optics are clear and the cross hair is crisp. Easing focusing allows the object to move from 3 to 9 power of view. It's solid and very well made. The box is stamped with "V.P.3-9"GUN SIGHTING". It's well worn from use and has some damage where it was opened without a key at one time. There is writing in pencil inside the box as follows" 4" P.IX After Gun Left Side Telescope No 5336." The serial number on this scope is different from that of the box although it's the right style of box. Some rudimentary research discovered records from 1920: "No fogging, penetration of water, or loss of efficiency could be observed and in view of the severe nature of the tests compared with the probably treatment at sea, it is considered that this design of telescope may be regarded as thoroughly watertight. In view of these satisfactory results, approval has been given for the above modifications to be carried out to 3-9V.P. gun-sighting telescopes supplied to Torpedo Boat Destroyers." They are designed to accept a battery to illuminate the cross hairs for night time use. Reference was made to this scope being assisnged to battleships categorized as IV.P.IX80 including (F.P.) Adventure, Attentive, Foresight, Forwadard, Patrol, Sentinel, Skirmisher, (N.F.P.) Gabriel, Ithuriel, Kempenfelt, Marksman, Nimrod, Parker, Talisman, Termagant, Trident, destroyers of K, L and M classes. This is in keeping with the writing inside the box.