WW1 MKIV Signal Telescope
R&J Beck Ltd. London
For sale is an original Field Telescope dating from 1916 and used during World War I. The telescope is made of brass with the main tube clad in brown leather. It is a 3 draw telescope with an extending sunshade and the tubes retain their original bronzed anti-glare coating. The eyepiece tube is marked "Tel.Sig. (Mk.IV) Also G.S. R & J Beck Ltd. London. 1917. No5299." It is also engraved with the military arrow or crows foot to show it was a military issue item. Closed, the telescope measures approximately 12" but fully extended is measures a huge 36". The diameter of the front lens is approximately 2 1/4".
The telescope comes with its original protective leather end caps and it also comes with an additional lens, also in a leather case. The lens is brass and screws into an eyepiece cap. It is marked "HIGH. R&J Beck" and also has the military arrow.
The telescope is in excellent original condition. It has been lightly cleaned and displays beautifully. It has clearly been well looked after and the tubes are in excellent order with no major dinks or dents and a smooth but firm draw action. The optics through the telescope are good and the lenses are undamaged and generally clean. Please just bare in mind the telescope is 100 years old and the lenses will not be like new. The leather cases are all in good condition with a nice aged patina. There is some wear on the straps but no breaks or damages.
The best description comes from the photos so please look at them all carefully and if you have any questions at all please ask.