Featured here is a highly desirable all brass WWII era US Navy Bureau of Ships telescope mounted on a custom made walnut tripod stand. The manufacturers label is missing, but this scope matches other WWII era US Navy scopes that we have found available by other dealers and was originally mounted on the rail of the ship for viewing. The scope was polished and lacquered by the previous owner but imperfections and surface scratches are evident as one would expect from an actual WWII naval scope.
A 13 power eyepiece (marked 13X on the outer viewing ring) which provides a clear, highly magnified image with a wide field of view.
Fully functional internal 3-way filters system used for viewing in bright and hazy conditions.
Telescope measures 4 1/2 inches in diameter and measures 26 1/2 inches long overall, inclusive of its built-in sun shade. The telescope barrel itself is 22 inches long. The stand with telescope measures 63 inches tall as shown and 55 inches to the top of the tripod.
Black powder-coated handle for easy movement of the scope.
The custom-made tripod features tapered walnut legs and tri-chain to keep the legs from collapsing.
The solid black powder-coated yolk allows the telescope to pivot from side to side and up and down with gliding action.
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ABOUT THE COLLECTION
This item is part of a lifetime collection accumulated by Bill Clifford. He is a retired President of BAE Systems Ship Repair, a leading non-nuclear ship repair, maintenance and modernization company based in Norfolk, Va., in 2015. Clifford has 46 years of experience working in the public and private maritime sector when he retired last year.
As President of Ship Repair since 2008, Clifford lead more than 5,000 highly-skilled employees while managing full-service shipyards strategically located in Norfolk, Va.; Jacksonville and Mayport, Fla.; Mobile, Ala.; San Diego and San Francisco, Calif.; and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Prior to joining BAE in 2005, he served in executive management positions in several shipyards including the managing partner of a Hawaii shipyard consortium.
Clifford served on active duty in the U.S. Navy for 20 years. His sea tours included the USS Wallace L. Lind (DD 703) which provided plane-guarding and gun-fire support services off the coast of Vietnam; the USS Ault (DD 698) as the Chief Engineer; the USS Fairfax County (LST 1193) as the Chief Engineer and the USS Papago (ATF 160), where he was the commanding officer of this towing and salvage asset. He served ashore at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, the Pacific Fleet Staff as the Diving and Salvage Officer and Commanding Officer of the Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity (SIMA) at Pearl Harbor, HI. He is a 1969 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and earned a masterís degree in mechanical engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School and attended the Navyís Diving and Salvage Officer course at the Washington Navy Yard.