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I recently acquired this chest at auction. When I first saw it, I thought M-@ chest, because of what I thought was a barrel cradle.
When I got it home, upon further inspection, I found it to be an aiming inst. chest, probably from a towed piece.(I turned wrenches on SPFA, and have no knowledge of towed.)
chest measures 45" long x 17" wide X10" high(12" with the cross members). Nice dovetail,with primarily 13/16" oak(I think). Weight is about 61 lbs.
Decal inside the lid is roached, but I can still make out Panoramic sight model 1917, Quadrant Model 1918, Quadrant couch(?) Model 1918.
I was hoping you could give me an idea what gun and what era.

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Greetings

A very interesting find.  These targeting systems were used with 2 artillery pieces.  The M1918 155 GPF 155mm Field Gun / Coastal Artillery and the M115 howitzer 8inch or 203mm towed artillery piece. I wish I would say which one but not 100% certain as to which.  

I hope this helps and enjoy the links

Thank you
http://www.militaryfactory.com/armor/detail.asp?armor_id=733
http://www.militaryfactory.com/armor/detail.asp?armor_id=337

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M115_howitzer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canon_de_155mm_GPF


http://books.google.com/books?id=WtllDBgW5wQC&pg=PA66&lpg=PA66&dq=Panoramic+sigh  

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