Peter Kirk's Ross Stalking Telescope

caberslash

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Dear All,

Recently purchased an aluminum Ross scope from Joy, the widow of Peter Kirk (formerly Deer Commission). Thought someone here might know or know of him.

When I saw it up for sale I had to have it. A larger Ross stalking scope is not common but an aluminum one is rare. These would have cost £20 in the 1880's-1890's which was a king's ransom then. Weight difference is noticeable compared to the brass scope, weight savings being a big plus on a long steep climb.

I contacted Joy explaining my intentions and that it would be restored and used again on the hill. Arrived needing a clean, second draw needed repacking and the objective bell housing was loose. Having repaired it I must say this is one of my better glasses, ready for many more years of use!

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Also shown is the new case which I had made by Lynn of Gammack leather, happily both my brass and aluminum scopes fit well. Made to my specs and with a strong pipe insert it is reassuringly rigid.

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bogtrotter

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I remember the Head Stalker at Glenartney had an aluminium scope not sure of the make though.
Thats some really nice leather work, I recently had my Ross case case worked on both ends restitched all tabs restitched plus one new one made and a new carry strap all for £50 which I thought was a bargain.
The Cupar Saddler Smithfield Fife.
 

caberslash

Well-Known Member
I remember the Head Stalker at Glenartney had an aluminium scope not sure of the make though.
Thats some really nice leather work, I recently had my Ross case case worked on both ends restitched all tabs restitched plus one new one made and a new carry strap all for £50 which I thought was a bargain.
The Cupar Saddler Smithfield Fife.

Yes that is a bargain! Will keep them in mind.

Had stitching redone on another Ross case by McRostie of Glasgow. Work was top notch but cost more than £150!

Worth it though as the case is something special. It has the Royal Warrant in what I believe to be gold inlay and Ross Ltd's address which dates it to 1911. I am tempted to sell it but fear that I will regret it.

I love the stories behind each scope, no telling where it has been, who has used it and how many stags have been sighted with it over the decades or even a century!
 

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