Authentic World War II era spyglass. Marked U.S. NAVY BU. SHIPS QM. 16-POWER MK.1 NO. 18486 1942 WOLLENSAK OPTICAL CO, ROCHESTER N.Y. U.S.A. as inscribed on the eyepiece end in white letters. The eyepiece focuses from -6 to plus 6 diopters and adjusts without effort by twisting the hatch marked aperture ring. The long tapered barrel is made of brass and covered with an assimilated leather finish. Measures 31 inches long by 3 inches wide on the objective end. It is complete in its original storage oak box. The brass maker�s label on the box front states: U.S.N. BU. OF SHIPS 16 POWER QUARTERMASTER SPYGLASS MK.1 SERIAL NO. 18486 WOLLENSAK OPTICAL CO, ROCHESTER N.Y. U.S.A. 1942." The box measures 32" long, 4" wide and 4" high. Overall cosmetic condition of the spyglass is excellent and the box resides in good structural condition, but does have some old paint smears and spots in various areas.
*This type of spyglass was used by bridge personnel underway and the officer to the deck in port.