A leather covered taper barrelled telescope by “W. Gregory, 51 Strand, London”. It is also signed on the ray shade, telescope column, and the brass plate on the case lid, “1st Volunteer Batallion, Royal Wawickshire Regiment, Birmingham”. William Gregory had a photo studio at the above address from 1893 – 1902. It was then an opticians from 1901 – 28. The box has a trade label stating to be, “Opticians to Her Majesty’s Government, War Department and various members of the Royal Family”. The Royal Warwickshire Regiment has a long and illustrious history. In 1813 in the Peninsular Campaign, Wellington commented that an attack against the French at the Height of Echalar, “The most gallant and finest thing he had ever witnessed”. The regiment won 80 battle honours including 6 VC’s during the 1st WW. In 1968 the regiment were amalgamated to become “Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. The height of the telescope is 65″ (165 cms), length fully open is 40″ (102cms), with a main lens of 2.25” (55mm) giving a magnification of 25x. The telescope is mounted on a wooden tripod. It is all in very good condition, the telescope giving an excellent pin-sharp image. Complete with end cap, eye-piece slider and most of its original lacquer.
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