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 AVC which came directly from his daughter so it is not a case of it being mixed up with another man’s possessions 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.
Can anyone help ? I’m sure that it is totally non- AVC, why would you want a spirit level when treating a horse? !!!