Officer of the Watch nickel telescope signed ‘Ross, London No54518. Made for Gieve Mathews and Seagrove Ltd. London, Portsmouth and Devonport’, also signed ‘P.F. Glover, R.N.’.The number dates the telescope to 1908. Philip Foster Glover was born 9-2-1894 and rose through the ranks of the Royal Navy, starting as mid-shipman in 1911 and became a Captain in 1936. He was Commander of H.M.S. Dragon (D46 Light Cruiser) from August 1942 to Jan 1943. He retired on 5-7-1945. When fully open the telescope extends to 25″ (63cms). It has a painted stitched canvas covering to the body tube with ‘turks head’ plaiting at each end. The optics are in good condition though there is a small chip to the outside main lens, which does not interfere with the viewing. It comes with a later wooden display stand.
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