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Cased, Victorian Era British Dollond London 3 Draw 'Signalling' No 11414 Brass Telescope With Interchangable Eye Piece Lens and Hard Leather Case. Sn 13893 - 13893
For a time in the eighteenth and nineteenth century the word 'Dollond' was almost a generic term for telescope rather like 'Hoover; is to vacuum cleaner. Genuine Dollond telescopes were considered to be amongst the best. Peter Dollond (1731-1820) was the business brain behind the company which he founded in Vine Street, Spitalfields in 1750. In 1752 he entered into a business partnership with his father John (1706-1761) and the shop was relocated to a position under the sign of the Golden Spectacles and Sea Quadrant in Exeter Exchange, off The Strand. Dollond & Co merged with Aitchison & Co in 1927 to form Dollond & Aitchison, the well-known high street chain of opticians. They no longer manufacture but are exclusively a retail operation. This is an excellent 3 Draw telescope by Dollond, London in the form popular in the Victorian era. It is made of mahogany covered brass and is nicely stamped ‘Signalling Dollond London No 11414’ near to the eye piece. The telescope measures 32 1/2” fully extended and 10 ¼” closed. The eye piece that is fitted is marked "High" and the replacement is marked "Low". The eye pieces just unscrew to change. It is complete with its original leather carry case with shoulder strap and hard leather case for the interchangeable eyepiece. This telescope has recently been cleaned and serviced. All optics of the telescope are excellent and function as they should. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13893
£345.00

WW1 1916 – 1918 Imperial German Army NCO’s 6 X 39 Magnification Fernglas Model 08 Field Binoculars By Voigtlander Braunschweig & Leather Case Impressed Berlin. Sn 13905 - 13905
These are an excellent original cased pair of WW1 German Army, 6 X 39 Magnification, Field Binoculars. These binoculars were developed in response to a 1916 German Government contract for issue to Non Commissioned Officers and were produced until the end of the Great War in 1918 (see page 20 of ‘Military Binoculars & Telescopes For Land Sea & Air Service’ by Seeger where a similar cased example to ours is illustrated). The Binoculars have the correct blue /grey finish with adjustable eyepieces. The cast body of the binoculars have lanyard bars. The adjustment dial is crisply marked with manufacturer and model detail together with number ‘No.186’ (illustrated). The hinge has matching number ‘59186’. All optics are excellent and function as they should. The Binoculars are contained in their fitted sturdy brown leather hard case with hinged lid rear belt loops and hanging bar for shoulder strap. The lid is secured by leather tabs on the left and right sides of the case which attach to metal suds on the lid. The case has a small impressed stamp ‘Berlin’ and the inside of the lid has its original paper instructions label with printed German text (all illustrated). Price for this excellent set of nicely marked German NCO’s WW1 Military Binoculars, includes UK delivery. Sn 13905
£345.00

CAPTURED, WW2, Nazi German Armoured, U-Boat Turret, 'U-Bootglas' 7x 50 Binoculars By Carl Zeiss, Jena (blc) In The Original Wooden Container In Which They Were Found When The U-Boat Was Broken Down For Salvage In Belfast At The End Of WW2. Sn 13151 - 13151
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 which were recovered, in their original wooden container, from a captured U-Boat at the end of WW2 while the U-Boat was being broken down for salvage at Belfast at the end of WW2. The Binocular's armoured body has its original correct light green finish and have cast lanyard bars. The lenses are protected by heavy duty rubber shrouds with hinged rubber lens covers. The right shoulder under the rubber shroud is crisply stamped by the lense manufacturer’s Nazi German Wartime code 'blc' which is Carl Zeiss, Jena, together with 7x50 (magnification) & Number '54499'. These binoculars were originally issued without carry cases and in transportation crates of 10 for use by U-Boat crews. This pair of binoculars were recovered from the U-Boat in the accompanying open top wooden box. The inside and top edges of the box is lined with leather secured by nails. The edges of the leather have some service wear consistent with age and use. The wood is undamaged and the back aspect has 2 drilled holes for mounting, no doubt for convenient access in the turret area. All optics are excellent. Price for this piece of U-Boat history includes UK delivery. Sn 13151
£1,475.00

SOLD SOLD SOLD Early 20th Century British Naval F. Smith & Son Southampton ‘Sestral Trade Mark’ Ship's Brass Bulkhead Clock With 60 Seconds Time Keeping Feature & Original Key. Sn 13867 - 13867
An original British made Naval Sestral trade Mark Brass Bulkhead Clock by F. Smith & Son Southampton (F.Smith & Son were a local chandlery retailers supplying Yatchs and other Ships in the early part of the 20th Centrury. They were based at 23, Oxford Street, Southampton). This example has a 6” diameter face which is clean and Roman numeral markings with black metal hour and minute hands together with an inner 1” diameter 60 second timer roundel with second hand indicator. The clock case is brass and comes with its original brass key stamped ‘10’. The face also has an adjustable slow-fast slider in a slot for fine tuning the time keeping. There is also a hole for key winding. The face is marked by the manufacturer and with the ‘Sestral’ trade mark (illustrated in image 2). The face is covered by a glazed hinged. The clock case measures 7 ¼” in diameter and is 3" deep. The rim of the case has 4 factory drilled holes for wall mounting. This clock is fully functioning, keeping precise time. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13867
£0.00

Cased, Victorian Era British Dollond London 4 Draw Mahogany & Brass Telescope With Removable Brass Lens Protector Cap & Hard Leather Case. Sn 13704 - 13704
For a time in the eighteenth and nineteenth century the word 'Dollond' was almost a generic term for telescope rather like 'Hoover; is to vacuum cleaner. Genuine Dollond telescopes were considered to be amongst the best. Peter Dollond (1731-1820) was the business brain behind the company which he founded in Vine Street, Spitalfields in 1750. In 1752 he entered into a business partnership with his father John (1706-1761) and the shop was relocated to a position under the sign of the Golden Spectacles and Sea Quadrant in Exeter Exchange, off The Strand. Dollond & Co merged with Aitchison & Co in 1927 to form Dollond & Aitchison, the well-known high street chain of opticians. They no longer manufacture but are exclusively a retail operation. This is an excellent 4 Draw Telescope. By Dollond London in the form popular in the Victorian era. It is made of mahogany covered brass & is nicely stamped ‘Dollond London’ near to the eye piece. The telescope measures 42 ¼” fully extended and 11 ¼” closed. The eye piece has a sliding shutter cover and the telescope has a removable brass lens protector cap. It is complete with its original leather carry case with buckle and loops for attachment of shoulder strap. This telescope has recently been cleaned and serviced. All optics of the telescope are excellent and function as they should. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13704
£275.00

MATCHING MANUFACTURER, WW1 & WW2 Era U.S. Army Signal Corps 6 x Magnification 30mm Aperture Prism Stereo Field Binoculars & Leather Case With Integral Compass By Bausch & Lomb Rochester New York USA (Inventor’s Of Ray Ban Brand Sunglasses) . Sn 13769 - 13769
Bausch & Lomb of Rochester NY USA began making Binoculars for the American Army & Navy C1912 (see page 57 of the book Military Binoculars & Telescopes For Land, Air & Sea Service by Seeger). The company developed their famous Ray-Ban brand of sunglasses for pilots in 1936. The company is still in existence today. These are a nice original cased pair WW1 & WW2 U.S. Army Signal Corps Field Binoculars by Bausch & Lomb. The blackened brass and alloy binoculars measure 6 ¼” width X 4 ½” height and have a brown textured finish to the body, with adjustable bakelite eyepieces. The body of the binoculars have lanyard bars fitted with original brown leather neck strap. All optics are good and function as they should. The shoulders of the binoculars are stamped with manufacturer and magnification roundels (illustrated). The front of the frame has ‘U.S. Army Signal Corps’, ‘6E/360’ & serial number ‘EE280212’ (all illustrated). They are contained in their fitted hard body brown leather case with hinged lid and single sprung retaining strap. The case is fitted with leather shoulder strap and rear belt loop. The lid is impressed with number ‘6E/ 361’. The inside of the lid has the Bausch & Lomb manufacturer roundel. The exterior of the lid has its original factory applied fully functioning compass with Bakelite rim. The compass has Bausch & Lomb manufacturer detail on its face (illustrated). The case is undamaged with all stitching intact. Price for this nicely marked pair of U.S. Signal Corps binoculars & case with integral compass includes UK delivery. Sn 13769
£295.00

MATCHING WW1 DATES 1915 British WD Officer’s 6x Magnification Prismatic No2 MK II Field Binoculars By Ross London & 1915 WD Leather Case With Shoulder Strap. Sn 13768 - 13768
These are a nice original cased pair WW1 British WD Military 6x Magnification Field Binoculars. The binoculars measure 6 ¼” width X 4 ½” height and have a black textured finish, with adjustable bakelite eyepieces. The body of the binoculars have lanyard bars. All optics are good and function as they should. The left shoulder of the binoculars is stamped with model designation and serial number. The right with 1915 date and manufacturer detail (all illustrated). They are contained in their fitted hard body brown leather case with hinged lid and single sprung retaining strap. The case is fitted with leather shoulder strap and rear belt loops. The lid is impressed with WD arrow, 1915 date and model designation together with ‘ John & Bennett Green’ (all illustrated) . The case is undamaged with all stitching intact. Price for this nicely marked pair of WW1 binoculars & case includes UK delivery. Sn 13768
£245.00

WW2 Era Transit Cased British Admiralty Issue Type A.P. No. 10080 Range Finder By Barr & Stroud Ltd Glasgow & London With Accessories. Sn 13770 - 13770
This is a nice, original, fully functioning, WW2 Era British Military Range Finder. It has all of its original controls, folding metal carry / support handlesand many of its original accessories (illustrated). It has several identification plates which bear designation and patent details (illustrated). The body of the range finder retains its original black and grey paint. The range finder is 43 ½” overall length. It is complete with its heavy duty fitted wood transit case with hinged lid, clasp fasteners and iron carry handles. The case has compartments which hold the range finder & its accessories. The case has the correct padded leather cushions to protect the instrument in transit, an empty fixed leather, buckled pocket for documents and original contents list issued by the British Admiralty (not all listed accessories are present, see images for included accessories). The case is undamaged and has a metal label marked ‘Stowage Box Bar & Stroud Rangefinder’ together with model designation. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 13770
£395.00

WW2 1942 New Zealand Made British WD Stand Instrument No 21 MK V Artillery & Sniper Observer’s Brass & Wood Tri-Pod For The Spotting & Sniper’s Telescope. OPT 831 - OPT 831
This is an original WW2 dated Observer’s tri-pod. These tri-pods were for the spotting & sniper’s telescope. The wood legs have metal conical spiked feet and the tri-pod retains its original green paint. One leg has 2 steel rings for carry strap (strap absent). The brass clamp mount with wingnut has a ‘WD arrow’, model designation on one side and on the other side ‘NZ (New Zealand) Made’ and ‘1942’ date (all illustrated in image 2). The tripod is 37” overall length. The stand comes with its original wood block secured by string to protect the clamp in transit. Price includes UK delivery. OPT 831
£295.00

British WW1 1918 MK IX Brass Trench Periscope By R & J Beck Ltd With Screw off Wood Handle. Sn 13683 - 13683
An excellent British WW1 Brass Trench Periscope. The scope measures 23" overall and has a screw off 9" contoured wood handle with brass ferrule. It has an adjustable brass eyepiece which screws out to focus and all optics function as they should. The frame is stamped and dated by the manufacturer "Periscope MK IX 1918 R&J Beck Ltd No 27140". Richard Beck and his brother Joseph Beck were both London apprentices in the mid 1800's. Smith Beck & Beck was established in 1865, and became R & J Beck Ltd in 1894. The Beck brothers were highly skilled instrument makers, and soon became known as one of the leading makers of microscopes, before adding telescopes and lenses to their accomplishments. By the end of the 1880s they had more than doubled their capacity to meet the demands of the home and overseas market. Beck used the trade name Cornex, taken from their address at Corn Hill, London. The brass scope retains about 90% of it's original brown paint. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13683
£325.00
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