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ON9187

Original British Royal Artillery Boer War Named Officer Field Telescope

Regular price $795.00

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This field telescope or spotter scope dates from the 1890s and in marked to:

CAPTAIN S.F. ALDERSON

ROYAL ARTILLERY

His name, rank and regiment appear of a silver plaque attached to the leather covered brass telescope. There is a second silvered plaque with the maker's/retailer's details, a firm that was established in 1852 as one of London's finest military outfitters, it reads:

STEWARD'S

IMPROVED RIFLE TELESCOPE

106 STRAND, LONDON

No 189.

The brass telescope is only 10" in overall length when contracted and when fully extended it is 17.5. The second and inner draw tube of the two is marked with a 1,000 Yds line. No doubt used for spotting the results of Artillery fire, there are two brass loops attached to the tube for the attachment of a shoulder strap so the telescope would have been easily accessible whilst of horseback..

Research shows that Captain S.F. Alderson was and officer in the Royal Artillery in South Africa in 1899 but no further details of his exploits have come to light as yet. This is a high quality telescope with good optics and an interesting history.

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