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Sold: Ross of London 3 draw Stalking Telescope

caberslash

Well-Known Member
PLEASE NOTE THAT BOTH TELESCOPE A AND B ARE NOW SPOKEN FOR. THANK YOU!

Hi all,

Regrettably I am having to downsize, hence the sale of these two fine telescopes, both of which are well suited to spying stags while out on the hill.

Telescope "A" is an 1880's-1890's three draw, brass 26.5cm fully collapsed and 82.5cm fully extended with objective sunshade. Objective lens is 48mm in diameter. Magnification approximately 20x. This was purchased from a gentleman who cleared an attic for a relative in Aberdeen-shire. Probably belonged to a stalker/shepherd/crofter to whom this would have been a prized tool.

Optics are good, sharp and clear. Lenses undamaged with no chips or cracks. Black leather hand guard is original and in excellent condition with all stitching intact. 'Guillotine' stlye eyepiece shutter is present and functions smoothly. All three draw tubes are dent and crack free, draws have been repacked by myself and slide very smoothly for quick extension and easy focusing. The third focusing draw is hand scribed with the makers mark and serial number (no.27852).

The case is the original and still fit for purpose, although I have discreetly applied a small amount of leather glue to reinforce one of the end loops where very little pressure is exerted anyway. Also comes with a period strap with strong buckle.

My asking price for Telescope A is £ 125 UK posted Royal Mail Special Delivery.

Telescope "B" is an early 1900's (either prewar or interwar, I suspect the former), three draw, brass 'pancratic' stalking telescope. This means that an extra tube is present that can be extended to increase the power of the telescope in 5x increments from 20-30x. Bought from a lady who specialises in antiques obtained from estate sales.

The telescope has a 48mm objective lens and measures 27cm collapsed and 87 cm fully extended with objective sunshade. Swivel style eyepiece shutter is present and slides smoothly. Remarkably, the objective lens cover is still present as it was riveted into the lid of the case! All tubes are undamaged and slide smoothly as they have been repacked by myself for quick extension and easy focusing.

Probably belonged to a 'lady/gentleman' stalker as both the focusing draw and case have been marked with the initials 'H.R.', with no further information. Such personalisation was important when telescopes were the go to and binoculars where yet to come into fashion, lest a guest accidentally leave the house to go stalking with the lord/lady's prized telescope.

The Ross pancratic system was the best of its class as it is lightweight and will stay in place while refocusing. However, one must be careful not to accidentally extend it beyond 30x otherwise the pancratic tube will pop out. Optics are good and clear, all lenses undamaged from chips and cracks. Black leather hand guard is original and in great condition with all stitching still present. The third focusing draw is stamped/stenciled/engraved with the makers mark and serial number (no.72002).

The case has been repaired slightly with the front lid strap replaced by myself. Functions well as desired. A little leather glue has been discreetly applied to secure a strap loop on end where little pressure is exerted anyway. As mentioned before the objective cover is riveted into the lid and the case is prominently marker with 'H.R.' on the side. Comes with a period correct strap which is well worn but functional.

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My asking price for Telescope B is £ 175 UK posted Royal Mail Special Delivery.

I have included as much detail here and in the pictures as possible ('tela' prefix for Telescope A and 'telb for Telescope B respectively) but if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to ask me. I can offer a small discount if you wish to purchase both telescopes but otherwise the asking price is fixed.

However, if you are based in the Highlands please feel free to ask for a viewing as I will be able to give you a better price for a face to face cash sale. Otherwise my preferred method of payment is PayPal friends and family.

Thank you for your time.

Regards,
Caberslash
 
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caberslash

Well-Known Member
All telescopes have been spoken for. Thank you for the interest. I may sell some others in my collection at a later date and will post them up for sale on the forum.

Cheers!
 

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