Just a FYI , Zip codes started nationally July 1 , 1963
"Pstarr, I am missing a few parts, but the one I have seems to be the smaller, but possibly older, brother to yours."
No, you have the exact same mount as me, size wise, with a few exceptions. My declination shaft wasn't cut off like yours, I had RA needle bearing added, custom tube rings made for a 10" scope and a motorized slow motion declination control added, all made by Sim Holler in his machine shop. The RA bearings were added because there was too much friction in the original steel on aluminum bearings to allow my add-on Cave clock drive to function properly. My Waring mount was originally part of a complete Waring 6" F-10 reflector that I punched new. I built the 10" F-5.6 later and used the Waring mount, which worked quite well.
Good to know.
This declination shaft does not seem to be "cut off" after purchase, but produced this way. But, maybe it was an aftermarket thing. The hole is still there.
Since the mounts were made in house, a request for a removable counterweight shaft could be easily accommodated during fabrication..
So, this mount was made to order, I guess. It is possible that the former owner never purchased the shaft and counterweight, if I understand you correctly.
The scope currently, as can be seen in the pictures, is a sort of light flat gray. It is not the speckled finish like the mount. Do you know if the scope would generally have matched the mount? Based on a few areas that appear to have inadvertently received some of the gray paint, I am guessing that the OTA finish is not original.
Any chance you could guess an approximate year of manufacture for this scope and mount? The label has the address and phone number. Not sure if that gives you any help.
Definitely 50s - Zolatone paint, exchange letters, no zip code.
Paint type, zipcode, and phone number... that makes sense. So, we are thinking somewhere in the 1950's, I guess. Thanks, good info.