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Lyman Super Target
June 4, 2018
2:53 am
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Thanks Guys. The 81 is the only mark on the scope. It’s just like the first picture that Steve put up. It was on a Winchester 52 date 1930-1931 that I received. Any way to date it to see how old that it might be. Thanks Again

June 4, 2018
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Paul,

The serial number is needed to research the date of manufacture.

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June 4, 2018
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Bert H. said
Paul,
The serial number is needed to research the date of manufacture.
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I think he is looking for the date of manufacture for the scope (Lyman ST serial #81). 

If so, based on that low number (if it is in fact the Lyman serial #) then that ST was probably made in the first year of manufacture but that is just an assumption.

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June 4, 2018
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JWA said

I think he is looking for the date of manufacture for the scope (Lyman ST serial #81). 

If so, based on that low number (if it is in fact the Lyman serial #) then that ST was probably made in the first year of manufacture but that is just an assumption.

“First year” would make it 1937, if that’s what he means.

June 5, 2018
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Thanks for the 1937, I couldn’t remember when they were introduced.

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Steve (Seewin),
I read with interest your post #40, where you provide photos of STS’s with various locations for the SN, including SN 1433 (last photo, turned sideways).

As it happens, I recently picked up a Lyman STS 10X, SN 1434. The odd thing is that while it is the next SN, the placement of the SN on the tube is different, not left of the addressing, but rather left-aligned under the addressing more like in your 3rd photo (see my photo below).

So either there was same-day variability, or the SN’s were not strictly sequential in order of application.

The scope came with a box, an original Lyman envelope with D&T bits, and a front base (0.56 CtC) marked “8” on the bottom (eyebrow one side, dimple other side).

Given that Big Larry has reported his STS 10X SN 1036 has a DOM of 04-29-1939, I’m guessing DOM for this one is late 1939 or maybe 1940?

Any thoughts on originality of these accessories?  The box has no handle, and doesn’t appear to have ever had one.

The scope was apparently sitting unused for a long time, but still had clear glass and intact fine crosshairs. Here are the “before” photos:
https://www.proxibid.com/Art-Antiques-Collectibles/Collectibles/Scope/lotInformation/57675665

It took a fair amount of effort, but it cleaned up pretty well!

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btbell said

The box has no handle, and doesn’t appear to have ever had one.

  

Not a factory Lyman box.

One quick way to distinguish between pre- & post-war scopes is to look for the bluish haze of the lens coating applied to post-war optics; believe it began in ’46.

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Thanks, Clarence!

The box is clearly purpose-built for a scope, and while not as nice as some Lyman boxes I’ve seen, it does seem a step or two above home made.  Maybe someone sold aftermarket boxes?

The glass is not coated (no bluish tint), and again, looks like the SN puts the DOM in the 1939/1940 timeframe.

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