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    Aldis scope with Purdey mounts & case - UK auction

    For info - just sold today at a UKicon auction house was an original looking Aldis scope with mounts and most of the leather case. Hammered at GBP 1400 plus fees of approx 30%. I missed seeing it until too late but perhaps a member here snagged it.

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    A WWI black lacquer rifle scope by Aldis Brothers, Birmingham date stamped 1915: and numbered 'Rifle 7296' to main tube and stamped 'J Purdy & Sons' to front mount, 'T' bar sight to optics, together in leather case with matching number to exterior. *Note - Formerly the property of Driver E McAllen, 91st Royal Field Artillery and passed down through the family,together with photocopies of photographs and a newspaper cutting of Driver McAllen.


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    Certainly not issued to a driver in the RFA so he must have picked it up somewhere. An early one that's for sure.

    Probably the loss of the case lid and strap is due to several generations of children playing with the set.
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    Well, 1400 + 30% = 1820 GBP. That equals 2115 Euro or 2554 USD. I didn't pay that for either of mine. Quite high given its condition, but it is complete with the matching numbers leather pouch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Promo View Post
    Well, 1400 + 30% = 1820 GBP. That equals 2115 Euro or 2554 USD. I didn't pay that for either of mine. Quite high given its condition, but it is complete with the matching numbers leather pouch.
    Are your examples complete with The leather pouch with matching numbers as well? It's amazing that these things have remained with their proper Scopes all these years
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    Quote Originally Posted by Promo View Post
    Well, 1400 + 30% = 1820 GBP. That equals 2115 Euro or 2554 USD. I didn't pay that for either of mine. Quite high given its condition, but it is complete with the matching numbers leather pouch.
    Promo, Yes I agree. It looked to me as though the top of the leather pouch was missing but not knowing much about these perhaps I was mistaken.

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