Goerz 4x semi-turret' sniper's scope or telescopic sight as fielded by the Imperial German Armies in 1917/8. This scope obviously saw use in the field as the overall condition indicates. The scope was brought back to Canada as war booty by a Canadian soldier whose identity may be determined from further inquiries and if found will be shared with the purchaser, should they so desire.
Goerz made excellent optics and this scope compares well to modern glasses in my opinion: very clear and bright. A most deadly instrument for its time. No doubt this piece was handled over the years as war souvenirs are. At some point a person attempted to drive out the two rivets on the rear mount, but fortunately gave up: one side of each rivet is projecting about a 32nd of an inch on each side. When obtained the knob or drum hardly moved at all, so the elevation mechanism was cleaned of dried and hardened grease and lubricated.Over the years, turning of the knob or drum without proper lubrication had caused some backlash to develop such that the knob would free-wheel about a 1/4 when turned in either direction. This was due to steel-on-steel wear between the locating collar on the lead screw and the surfaces above and below the collar. A suitable sheet brass cup washer has been sized and fitted which has completely eliminated that problem, and the lead screw lubricated with a suitable grease. The adjustments are now smooth and consistent without any apparent backlash, and firm enough to hold the position in which they are set. This process was documented with photos if the purchaser wishes to see them. The tension on the washer, and thus the turning resistance, can be adjusted quite easily and reliably. No change of any kind was made to the original parts of the scope and the washer could also be easily removed if the purchaser prefers originality to proper functioning; that will done gratis should the purchaser wish.
The leather lens hoods are rarely found with these scopes. As can be seen, the rear hood has come unsewn over the years, but if a repair is desired, I would recommend mooreleather. Uk, as a visit to their website will show, they are uniquely experienced in this sort of work. Mark is present on the rear hood and the leather of both is in very good condition overall; supple and uncracked.
The sleeve portion of the rear hood is slightly tight on the tube, but that is due to a century without any leather treatments. Thanks for looking and feel free to ask any questions you wish. Additional photos can be provided on request; reasonable offers are of course welcome.
Rest assured this artifact will be most carefully and securely packed and despatched. The item "WWI German Goerz Semi-Turret Sniper Scope or Telescopic Sight for Mauser Gew98" is in sale since Sunday, March 11, 2018.This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Reproductions\Germany". The seller is "milezero" and is located in Victoria. This item can be shipped worldwide.