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Mystery AVC item

Postby plbramham » Thu Mar 28, 2013 4:32 pm

Totally non- Border Regiment I know, but can anyone identify the purpose of this mystery First World War item please?
I would normally have said it was some sort of pocket gun sight or surveying item (theodolite/ rangefinder?) but it was with a variety of items from a Sergeant in the Army Veterinary Corps which came directly from his daughter so it is not a case of it being mixed up with another man’s possession by while in a dealers stock . It is made of blackened brass, 5 inches long, extending to about 7 inches with the sliding tube. It has a spirit level on the top and crosshairs on the glass lens. The barrel is engraved “Cooke, Troughton & Simms Ltd London & York”, and is in a quality fitted leather case. There are no military markings of any kind on it. ( and of course the rular is there just to show scale.)
The other items with it were most certainly of a veterinary nature: a riding crop, blood stick, blood-letting fleam with multiple blades, reusable metal syringe & case, & mechanical shears. ( I was given them by someone who thought they would be interesting artefacts to use in a WW1 centenary exhibition I am planning with Kendal Town Council , Civic Society and the town's Queen Katharine School.)
Can anyone help? I’m sure that it is totally non- AVC, why would you want a spirit level when treating a horse?!!!
Regards Paul
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Re: Mystery AVC item

Postby IanT » Fri Mar 29, 2013 9:54 am

There are several Google hits for "Cooke, Troughton & Simms". The instrument looks to be some kind of specialist level. There are some illustrated here:

http://web.sbe.hw.ac.uk/ICE_Museum/coll ... ers&pane=9

The firm was an amalgamation in 1922 of Cooke & Sons and Troughton & Simms. In 1924 it became wholly owned by Vickers. See:

http://www.york.ac.uk/library/borthwick ... struments/

The Science Museum will probably be able to identify the instrument more accurately.

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Re: Mystery AVC item

Postby plbramham » Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:28 pm

Thanks Ian,
I had discovered that the full company name - "Cooke, Troughton & Simms Ltd London & York" was not used until amalgamation in 1922, so this must be a post war item used by the Sergeant in his later civilian occupation.
I did post a query on the " warrelics eu" forum ( worth a look at that site- http://www.warrelics.eu/forum/ - it's mostly WW2 and largely US and German items, but I've had a lot of good advice from members in identifying WW1 British items). That gave me one reply from Tasmania, basically saying the same as yourself, plus one from Oklahoma saying it was a device for rectal examinations! Why you would need a spirit level on something you stuck up a horses backside I've no idea!!!, Paul.
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Postby IanT » Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:51 pm

I found a very similar instrument here:

http://picasaweb.google.com/MapTack/Mis ... 9409711810

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