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British WW1 1917 Brass Mk IX Brass Trench Periscope By R&J Beck Ltd With Screw off Wood Handle. Sn 15510 - 15510
An excellent British WW1 Brass Trench Periscope. The scope measures 23 ¼” overall and has a screw off 9” contoured wood handle with brass ferrule. It has an adjustable brass eyepiece and all optics function as they should. The frame is stamped and dated by the manufacturer 'R&J Beck Ltd 1917'. It is also stamped with number '12819' and model designation ‘MK IX’. The brass scope retains its original olive green paint. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15510
£345.00

RARE, WW1 German RÜDIGER HILDESHEIM 4x81 Sniper Telescopic Sight For Mauser G98 Rifles Retailed By W.Peting Berlin. Sn 15498. - 15498
The firm RÜDIGER HILDESHEIM made sniper telescopic sights which were used on Imperial German Army G98 rifles. This is a rare, original WW1 era German RÜDIGER HILDESHEIM Sniper Telescopic Sight for Mauser G98 rifles. The steel sight is undamaged with original black paint. The sight is fitted with sight mounts . The sight is marked by the manager RÜDIGER HILDESHEIM either side of the elevation adjustment knob base. The tube is signed by the retailer ‘W.Peting Berlin’ & what appears to be ‘Kgl Hofbuchsen Halker’. The optics of the sight with post reticule function as they should (unable to photograph through viewing lens). The sight is 11” overall length. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15498
£975.00

SOLD SOLD (27/06) Superb, Complete, WW2 Nazi German Kriegsmarine , Armoured, U-Boat Turret, 'U-Bootglas' 7x 50 Binoculars By Carl Zeiss, Jena (blc) With Benutzer Bakelite Lens Cover & Leather Neck Strap. Sn 14129 - 14129
In early 1943 the Nazi German Command, introduced the 'U-Bootglas' 7x 50, Armoured, U-Boat Turret, Binoculars (see pages 377/8 of Military Binoculars & Telescopes By Seeger). These Binoculars are a fine original example. The Binocular's armoured body has its original correct light green finish and have lanyard bars fitted with original black leather neck strap. The lenses are protected by heavy duty rubber shrouds. The right shoulder under the rubber shroud is crisply stamped with the manufacturer’s Nazi German Wartime code 'blc' which is Carl Zeiss, Jena, together with 7x50 (magnification) & Number '54856'. The binoculars are also fitted with its original bakelite lens cover marked 'Benutzer Okulare Festgestellt Nicht Verdrehen' (user eyepieces do not twist). The cover has its original sprung rubber covered retaining cord. These binoculars were originally issued without carry cases and in transportation crates of 10 for use by U-Boat crews. All optics are excellent. The price for this sought after piece of U-Boat history includes UK delivery. Sn 14129
£0.00

WW2 U Boat Turret Binoculars 7 X 50 Armoured Kriegsmarine / U Boat Binoculars, Carl Zeiss, Jena (blc) Superb Optics. Sn 10705 - 10705
These are an excellent original pair of Nazi German, 7 X 50 Magnification, Kriegsmarine / U Boat Turret Binoculars. The Binoculars have a black textured finish, with adjustable eyepieces. The body of the binoculars have lanyard bars with original leather neck strap attached. All optics are good and function as they should. One shoulder of the binoculars is crisply marked '7 x 50 'Magnification) and bears the Nazi German War time manufacturer's code 'blc' which is Carl Zeiss, Jena together with serial number (all illustrated). The binoculars are complete with their Bakelite eye piece cover embossed ' Benutzer'. As is common with these binoculars the rubber cord that attaches Benutzer cover to the body of the binoculars has perished but this could easily be replaced. Price for this excellent set of Kriegsmarine / U Boat Binoculars includes UK delivery. Sn 10705
£1,175.00

WW1 Era British Officer’s Private Purchase Broadhurst, Clarkson & Co 63 Farringdon Road London 3 Draw Leather Bound Brass Telescope With Sliding Sun Shade & Sliding Lens Shutter, Leather End Caps & Shoulder Strap. Sn 14983 - 14983
In 1892 Alexander Thomas Clarkson went into partnership Robert Henry Broadhurst . They made quality optical instruments. In 1915 trading as 'Broadhurst, Clarkson and Co’ the business was listed at Farringdon Road London. During WW1 as part of the war effort, the company set up further telescope factories in Watford, and a lens-making facility in central London producing optical instruments for the British War Dept. This is an excellent British WW1 Officer’s Private Purchase 3 Draw Telescope similar in construction to War Dept contract Broadhurst, Clarkson and Co telescopes of WW1 . It is made of leather covered brass. It measures 31 ½” extended and 10 ¼” closed. One draw is signed ‘Broadhurst, Clarkson and Co, 63 Farringdon Road, London E.C’ (illustrated). The eye piece has a sliding shutter. The front section of the telescope has a sliding sun shade. It is complete with its original leather lens caps with shoulder strap and adjustment buckle. All optics of the telescope are excellent and function as they should. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14983
£275.00

C1850 Victorian English Bottomley 11 Billiter Street London 3 Draw Brass Telescope With Rosewood Barrel, Brass Lens Cap & Sliding Eye Piece Shutter. Sn 14980 - 14980
A maker of Optical Instruments named Bottomley is recorded as working at 11 Billiter Street London C1850. This is an excellent 3 draw telescope made by Bottomley 11 Billiter Street London. It is made brass & has a Rosewood barrel. All optics of the telescope are excellent and function as they should. The scope is 9 ¾” in length when closed and 30” extended. One draw is engraved with manufacturer detail ‘Bottomley 11 Billiter St London’ (illustrated In Image 2). The telescope has a removable brass lens protector cap and sliding eye piece shutter. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14980
£295.00

C1890- 1903 English Archer & Sons 73 Lord Street Liverpool 4 Draw Leather Bound Brass Telescope With Brass Lens Cap & Sliding Eye Piece Shutter. Sn 14985 - 14985
The firm of W. F. Archer was established in 1848. It is presumed that the initial business was focused on optical devices, as they were later identified in ads as manufacturing opticians. In the early 1880s, Archer & Sons became known for their high quality, oil and lime light, Optical Lanterns. They were acknowledged in the British Journal of photography in 1884 and 85 to be superior to all others. They received medals from the Liverpool International Exhibition in 1886 and Photographic Exhibition in 1888. In 1888 they were located at 43 Lord St. Liverpool, England. In the 1890s several ads appeared for cameras of their manufacture. The first being the Archer combined camera. The later ads indicate that they were located at 73 Lord St. Liverpool, England. The last reference found is a 1903 advertisement for the Automat folding hand camera. This is an excellent Archer & Sons 4 draw telescope made at their 73 Lord Street address C1890-1903. It is made brass & bound in brown leather. All optics of the telescope are excellent and function as they should. The scope is 7 ½” in length when closed and 23 ¾” extended. One draw is engraved with manufacturer detail ‘Archer & Sons 73 Lord Street Liverpool’ (illustrated In Image 2). The telescope has a removable brass lens protector cap and sliding eye piece shutter. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14985
£275.00

Early 20th Century, Cased, British J. Halden & Co Manchester & London Brass 2 Draw Telescope With Period Wood Desk / Table Stand. Sn 14978 - 14978
J. Halden & Co. Ltd were producers of a range of drawing and surveying instruments and other office materials and had offices at 8 Albert Square, Manchester, London, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, with their manufacturing base at Rowsley Works in Reddish, Stockport. The business was started by Joseph Halden in partnership with A.G. Thornton in 1878 as a wholesale drawing material importer and mounting paper manufacturer. However, by the 1880s, A.G. Thornton had left the business and moved to his own premises which were based on Deansgate. The company continued producing optical instruments through both World wars and into the 1960’s. The companywas finally taken over in 1969 by the Ozalid Group, which was started as part of the German company Kalle in 1928. This is a very good cased table telescope by J.Halden & Co made in the early 20th Century with original period wood Table clamp / stand. The optics of the telescope are excellent and clear. When mounted in its extended position it is 28 ¾” in length. The brass telescope has a copper sun shade and sliding protective cover on the eyepiece. The scope is crisply engraved near to the eye piece ‘J.Halden & Co Manchester & London’. The stand has a turn screw fitting which attaches securely to the edge of a table or desk. The top of the clamp has a steel wing nut and screw which can be tightened as desired to direct the telescope vertically. The top of the wood clamp fits snugly into the brass mounting bracket of the telescope. When attached to the clamp the telescope rotates freely 360 degrees. When not in use the telescope and stand fits into it’s wooden case with hinged lid fixed carry handle and hook fasteners. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14978
£275.00

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 26/06) WW2, British WD CF41 7X50 Magnification, Large Naval Binoculars By Barr & Stroud With Eye Piece Cover, Neck Strap & Fitted Case With Shoulder Strap. Sn 15183 - 15183
These are an excellent original cased pair of WW2, British CF41 7X50 Magnification, Naval Binoculars ( see page 302 of Military Binoculars And Telescopes For Land Air & Sea Services By Seeger). The Binoculars are 9 ¾” in length & have a black textured finish, with adjustable eyepieces. The body of the binoculars have lanyard bars are fitted with the correct leather neck strap with 2 studs and leather eye piece cover. The body of the Binoculars are marked with 2 large WD arrows highlighted in original yellow paint and it has the correct wing nut locking device on the lower hinge. They also have the correct built in filters which are operated by levers mounted on each side of the lens housings. All optics are excellent and function as they should. One shoulder of the binoculars is crisply marked '7 x Barr & Stroud Glasgow & London' together with patent detail. The other 'A.P. No. 1900A' with War Dept arrow & 'Serial No. 33772' and patent detail (all illustrated). The binoculars are contained in their fitted sturdy brown leather case with hinged lid. The lid of the case has its original sprung fastener and the body has its original strap stud. The case is complete with shoulder strap with buckle. The price for this excellent set of nicely marked WW2 Naval Binoculars with case includes UK delivery. Sn 15183
£0.00

Victorian British Joseph Of Liverpool 3 Draw Leather Bound Brass Telescope With Extending Sun Visor Cover. Sn 14981 - 14981
This is an excellent British Victorian Telescope with sliding sun visor. It is made of leather covered brass. The brass is signed by the maker ‘Joseph South Castle St Liverpool’. The eye piece and visor have sliding brass covers. Fully extended the telescope measures 37”. All optics of the telescope are excellent and function as they should. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14981
£295.00
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