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    Posted: September/05/2013 at 14:08
I have a vintage "Alaskan" 2.5X scope that I'm trying to chase down a bit more historical information for and determine if it has significant collector value.
 
It appears to be a very early commercial model (pre WWII military models) with un-covered sight adjustments, no model markings other than the "Lyman Gun Sight Corp, Made in USA - -, U.S. Patent 2078858" stamping followed by "ALASKAN".  It has a tiny serial number stamped in front of the Lyman info of "449".  There are no other markings other than "2 1/2 POWER" on the eyepiece.  It is fitted with what appears to be referred to as a "pickett post and crosshair" reticle.
 
The optics are in good shape, but the rest is "well worn".  Its pretty beat up with scratches and dings from many years of field use (it actually came off an equally vintage Winchester Model 54 30'06).
 
Does anyone have any idea of the Lyman production timeline for this scope?  Is it a museum/collector piece or just junk?  Wink  Any insights are appreciated.
 
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Oh, it's certainly a collector piece.  I don't know how badly it is beat up, but it probably still works.  

It would not be worth a lot of money because there are plenty of them out there.  
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Thanks - here's a picture of the "wear" - hopefully.
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You can't post pictures until you reach 50 posts. 

You can however, send the picture to me and I'll be happy to post it for you. 

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Oh, OK.  I was struggling a bit to get the pic onto a "URL" anyway, as opposed to a direct upload.
I'll shoot you an email - - Thanks!
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I just received a response from the folks at Lyman regarding a query for production information on this scope.  Unfortunately, they only confirmed that no production information had been preserved for these vintage scopes.  They were only able to say that they (Alaskans) were produced from 1939 through 1960.
Assuming that serial numbers were assigned incrementally (as opposed to be pulled out of a hat), I would guess that "449" was in the first year or two of production.  I would still appreciate it if any historical buffs here might confirm or deny such an assumption.
 
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