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NEAR MINT, WW2 Era / Post 1943, British John Lilley & Gillie North Shields Royal Navy Midshipman’s Single Draw Naval Telescope With Extending Sun Cover & Sliding Eye Piece Shutter. Sn 14501 - 14501
In 1812, John Lilley, aged 24, founded John Lilley and Son in London. John Lilley is recorded as being an optician and the company manufactured nautical instruments, magnetic compasses, sextants and telescopes. In 1885 John Wilson Gillie founded Wilson & Gillie in North Shields as Admiralty chart agents and magnetic compass and nautical instrument makers. Over the years John Wilson Gillie patented many improvements to the magnetic compass and binnacle. In 1913 the two companies merged, and in 1943 were renamed as John Lilley & Gillie Ltd. After over 200 years in business, John Lilley & Gillie Ltd continue to manufacture quality Naval magnetic compass outfits. This is a near mint, British Royal Navy Midshipman’s Telescope made by Lilley & Gillie. It is made of nickel or chrome plated brass & bound in brown leather. All optics of the telescope are excellent and function as they should. The scope has an extendable sun shade, and eye piece with sliding shutter. The scope is 17 ¼” in length when closed and 25 ¼” extended. The draw is engraved with manufacturer detail (illustrated In Image 2). The telescope has a leather lens protector cover secured to the frame by a leather strap and tab. The price for this quality telescope includes UK delivery. Sn 14501
£275.00

Original, WW1 British Royal Flying Corps RFC / RNAS Pilot / Observer Brass Cased Creagh-Osborne Wrist Compass By Hughes & Son London With Original Leather Wrist Strap. Sn 14399 - 14399
Captain Frank Osborne Creagh-Osborne, Royal Navy, (1867/1943) was Superintendent of Compasses with the British Admiralty and inventor. His various inventions were built by H. Hughes & Son Ltd, Dent & Co, Johnson Ltd, Sperry Gyroscopes Co. & other British Companies. This is a rare example of the Creagh-Osborne Wrist Compass made by H. Hughes & Son London. The blackened brass body is 2 ¾” diameter and 1” deep. It has the correct tilting face with white highlighted numbers and directional letters and white painted metal pointer. The glazed face is undamaged and it has the correct hinged magnifying viewer. The rim of the case is crisply marked ‘Creagh-Osborne Compass’ & ‘H. Hughes & Son London’. The compass is fitted with its original leather wrist strap with buckle. The compass functions as it should. The price for this original scarce RFC piece includes UK delivery. Sn 14399
£475.00

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

sold sold 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
£0.00

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 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

Quality Victorian British Midshipman’s 4 Draw Wood Covered Brass Naval Telescope With Lens Cover By E&E Emanuel, Portsea. Sn 13489 - 13489
This is a quality Victorian Midshipman’s Telescope which has recently been professionally cleaned. It is made of brass cased in wood. All optics of the telescope are perfect and function as they should. The scope has a removable brass lens protector cap. The scope is 8” in length when closed and 29” extended. One draw is engraved with manufacturer detail and number ‘7570’ (illustrated In Image 2). Price includes UK delivery. Sn 13489
£295.00

1800's Royal Naval 'Officer of the Watch' Single Drawer Leather Covered Telescope by James Morton, Sunderland. Sn 13566 - 13566
1800's Royal Naval 'Officer of the Watch' single drawer telescope by James Morton, Villiers Street South, Sunderland. Watch standing, or watch keeping, in nautical terms concerns the division of qualified personnel to operate a ship continuously. On a typical sea-faring naval vessel, personnel keep watch on the bridge and over the running machinery. The generic bridge watch standers are a lookout and an officer or mate who is responsible for the safe navigation of the ship. Safe navigation means keeping the vessel on course and away from dangers as well as collision avoidance from other shipping. This is a very nice leather covered single drawer telescope. The optics are clear and free of cracks, chips or damage. the eyepiece lenses has a brass 'eyelid' cover which slides smoothly as it should to protect the eyepiece. The telescope measures 24 1/4" closed and 31 1/4" extended. The single drawer is brass and stamped with "James Morton Ltd. Sunderland". The leather cover is stitched down a seam and secure and tight. The telescope is in very good condition. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13566
£295.00
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