ALDIS 1915 Sniper Scope for WW 1 Lee Enfield rifle SMLE

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  • Item Category: Militaria & Weapons
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Dec 09, 2007
  • Channel: Auction House


I have a British Army Aldis Sniper Scope from a WW1 Lee Enfield Sniper Rifle.

This was made in Birmingham England in 1915 and must be amongst the first of the SMLE sniper scopes made.

This is an an ultra rare item and would make a fine addition to any collection.

The rear section of the Scope is marked:

Aldis Brothers
No 66708.

Scope main tube is marked with the serial number of the original rifle it was attached to :

Rifle # 6467

Both scope rings are t and solidly attached (they do not come apart)
The rear s cope ring is marked:

J Purdey & Sons

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Scope Specs:

- 10.5 inches long,

- 1" diameter tube.

- Weighs 1.5 pounds

Height knob (distance) adjuster works freely and correctly.

(Adjuster is marked 2 - 8 )
Cross hair is a Command Post type, and in very good condition. (see photo)

- The horizontal wire is fine

- I f you look closely at the vertical post, t seems to be a small fine strand separating just below the horizontal wire. This may be a bit of dust inside the scope ( but I am not about to pull it apart to find out).
This does not affect the sight picture at all and y ou can see it in the photo.

(Note that I had strife getting the picture through the lens, and the shadow is not t in the scope.)
Both lenses are clear with no chips or cracks.
The main tube has no dents or other damage.

The main tube is steel and has some of the original paint remaining.
This old paint is now wearing/peeling off.

When I got the scope it was covered over with tube and t are fine scratches on the tube body from w I had scraped the tape off.

The scope has the original steel front lens cover, which flips up.
This cover is attached on a tube that slides over the front of the scope. The cover tube is loose on the scope and turns. However t is a hole on the underside of the cover tube, and a possibly matching screw on the scope that may unscrew into this hole to hold the tube in place.
(again, I was not prepared to risk damaging the scope by trying.)

I am in New Zealand, and will ship world-wide.

Postage charges for International Economy Courier:

Australia $US22.50

USA $US40.00

Britain and Europe $US40.00


Postage charges for International Air Parcel

Australia $US10


Britain and Europe $US22

Method of postage will be decided by the buyer.

Insurance is extra.

Payment must be via Paypal or Bank Draft

Successful Buyer must contact me within 5 days.

Item is sold as is. I have tried to accurately describe the condition as well as I can.
If you have any questions or want more pictures, please ask before the bidding finishes.

Good luck with the auction.

Please note: I have just been advised that the scope mounts have been altered from the original.