May 24, 2012
I thought I'd attempt to further the discussion about Malcolm scoped Winchesters.
I found out from Clarence the other day that the scope on the pictured Winchester Model 75 is a Model No. 1. (This rifle never has had any open iron sights on it, only a scope.) I also dusted off my copy of Sharpe's, "The Rifle in America" that he had mentioned and lo and behold confirmed what he had told me. It seems that I had become so use to going straight to Stroebel's book for information on most any type of scope in America, that I had apparently forgotten what I had read about the Malcolm's a long time ago. Thank you, Clarence!!!! Should you like old scopes, make sure you have a copy of Sharpe's book!
About the time that Clarence, Chuck, and I ended our discussion on the Malcolm's, I decided to search online to see if I could find something about them that I was not aware of, and I did come across a link where they had been discussed, and in this discussion which is filled with some great pictures, too, there were two excerpts, apparently from two old articles that date back to 1895 and 1929 titled "...Special Notice..." and "WE ARE AGENTS FOR ALL MALKES OF RIFLES," respectively. (LINK: https://www.24hourcampfire.com/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php/topics/13294332/malcolm-scoped-1899s .) The last title says it all for the point I would like to make, and that is this: It is apparent that the Wm. Malcom Company would make a purchase of most any rifle from the manufacturer and scope it to a customer's specifications. This tidbit of information reminded me of what I have read here and on other forums about other companies like Lyman, for example, in extending the same kind of service. It's no wonder that Winchester extended the same sort of service for their customers when it came to putting most any scope on one of their rifles that a customer wanted.
The cope pictured is numbered 6099.
Some of the pictures below are a bit fuzzy...seems my hands are not as steady as they once were, but I do hope you enjoy seeing them:
May 24, 2012
Some rough notes about William Malcolm:
Apparently named after his father, who was from Scotland.
Born in U.S. at Sullivan, Madison County, NY in 1823, died at his home in Syracuse, Onondaga, NY in 1890.
Married Frances Cone.
Had three daughters, and son William Junior.
Father and son had died before 1881.
NY State census - Occupation:
1855 - Gun Manufacturer.
1865 - Optician (?) This census is difficult to read.
1875 - Optician.
Federal Census - Occupation:
1870 and 1880 - Optician.
CW - Occupation - Mechanic.
Immediate cause of death being fatty degeneration of the heart. In scientific circles, he was known the world over for his instruments. It was his ambition to make a telescope that was self adjusting to distance, i.e. like that of the human eye...and it is said that he accomplished this, although thought to be impossible. He went blind in one eye in 1869 due to an explosion during a gun test.
1894 - Manager of the Malcolm Telescope Company was William A. Koehler.
1900 - Manager of the Malcolm Telescope Company was W.H. Cummings.
William Malcom was also an expert marksman.
He is buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse, NY.
Credit: ancestry.com references.
March 31, 2009
May 24, 2012
Jim do you have any of the Malcolm scope catalogs? I believe there were 4.
I'm almost certain that I had one that I purchased from Cornell publishing, but I have misplaced it. I don't know how many there were, but you might be correct. Clarence ought to know.
Thanks for the response.
November 1, 2013
Cornell sells 4 different ones, but that certainly doesn't mean there were ONLY four. Those from the '30s show up on ebay, & can be bought for not too much more than the reprints. (All the Cornell reprints I have are cheap & tacky looking, but I swallow my distaste if nothing better is available.)
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