Fine field telescope with original leather case, circa 1870 The drawer hand engraved Cary London T.H.L. Spaight R.E. 1899
The leather case with the initials T.H.L.S.
High quality solid nickel, tooled leather bound, four drawer telescope.
The eyepiece drawer engraved for magnifications of 25 30 & 35 X 2,1/4″ or 57mm objective lens with draw out shade.
Length closed 10,1/8″ or 257mm, length fully open 34,1/4″ or 870mm.
In very good condition with no damage or repair, typical rubs on the drawer surfaces from reasonable use.
The five lens optical system in excellent condition giving a good, strong, clear image.
This telescope, when about 30 years old, will have been bought by or gifted to T.H.L. Spaight in 1899, when he was 20 years old and taking up his commission in the royal Engineers.
Lt Col Thomas Henry Limrick Spaight DSO Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Henry Limrick Spaight DSO, born 1879, died 31 Jan 76. Commissioned from RMA Woolwich in 1899 into the Royal Engineers.
After a hair-raising start to his career in the RE Balloon Section,representing his corps demonstrating the first military balloon in Sydney Australia at the 1901 Inauguration of the Commonwealth of Australia, he became a signaler serving in the following posts:
1908 RE telephone detachment commander in the 1908 Mohmand Campaign,
India. 1914 Adjutant, Territorial North Telephone Companies, Leeds.
1915-1918 on active service in the Great War commanding 16th Divisional Signal Company, 1st Army Signal Company and the Signal Depot at Abbeville (on promotion to Lt Col).
During this period he was awarded the DSO and was Mentioned in Dispatches twice whilst taking part in the battles of The Somme, Messines Ridge and Ypres.
1918 Chief Signal Officer Southern Command in Salisbury then CSO Army of the Black Sea where he was awarded his third MID.
1920 Transferred from RE to Royal Signals. 1921-1929 CSO Eastern Command, CO 4th Divisional Signals, CSO Western Command.
He retired in 1929 then during World War 2 he was Senior Civil Representative of his area near Frensham responsible for co-ordinating civil communication systems connecting different units and organisations. 1939-1954 Administrator of the Corps Benevolent Fund.
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