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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

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

1914 WW1 Matron Margaret Graham of the Royal British Nurses Association, South Australia Branch, Pair Of 6 X German Made Binoculars In A Leather Case By Busch Lynkop. Opt 830 - Opt 830
An Original WW1 Pair Of 6 X German Made Binoculars In A Leather Case By Busch Lynkop, named to Matron Margaret Graham of the Royal British Nurses Association, South Australia Branch making them a very researchable item. In 1891 Margaret Graham was appointed as a probationer nurse at the Adelaide Hospital, completing her training in 1894. In 1898 she was appointed Matron of the Adelaide Hospital, a position she held for 22 years. As a member of the Australian Army Nursing Reserve in SA she was granted leave from the Adelaide Hospital to join the nursing contingent which accompanied the Australian Imperial Force to Egypt, in October 1914. She served for four years in hospitals in Egypt, on hospitals ships, and in Britain. She was mentioned in dispatches in 1916, and in 1917 received the international award of the Royal Red Cross. In 1921 Miss Graham returned to her former home in the north of England. She died at Carlisle on 4 July 1942 at the age of 82. The binoculars are in excellent condition. They retain the leather neck strap. They are name stamped to "M. Graham" on one shoulder and on the other "from RBNA South Australia 28/9/14". The eyepiece shoulders are stamped with the Busch Trade Mark and "Busch No 92267 and on the other side with the Busch Trade Mark and "Lynkop". The bodies are covered in grained leather. They open out and close and the focus wheel operates as it should. The eye pieces retain the rubber cups. The optics are in good condition but would benefit from a clean. The leather case is in good condition and has the elasticated catch on the front to secure the top flap lid. The lid is also stamped with 'M Graham' and it still has the carry handle. They are complete with a leather shoulder strap and leather belt loops to the rear. This pair of binoculars are a very researchable item and have the two references , one to 'M Graham' on the binoculars and the leather case and the other to 'RBNA South Australia' making them a very researchable item in original condition. The price includes UK delivery. Opt 830
£275.00

RARE WW2 Era 1946 Dated British No. 12 Mark 1 Optical Artillery Dial Sight By R & JB. Sn 13268 - 13268
This is an original rare to find, WW2 era British No.7 Mk II No. 12 Mark 1 Dial Sight made by R & JB for use on British Artillery pieces. It is fully functioning with excellent optics. Constructed of brass and steel it retains its original black paint finish which has small areas of wear consistent with age and use. The sight has no damage. The graduated dial and is marked ‘Sight Dial No.12 Mark 1 R&JB No. 417 o.S. 1054.C.A’ together with ‘1946’ date. Price for this rarely seen for sale dial sight includes UK delivery. Sn 13268
£375.00

UNUSUAL, CASED, Pre WW2 British Royal Navy Admiralty Trials Anti Bomb Sight With 1990’s Copy Of Report On 1933/34 RN/RAF Centurion Bombing Trials In Which This Sight Was Most Likely Used . Sn 13267 - 13267
During 1933 & 1934 the British Admiralty and the RAF took part in the Centurion Bombing Trials. RN Battleships were utilised in the trials including HMS, Iron Duke, Centurion (ex Battleship remotely controlled target), Shikari, Saladin & Sabre. Bomber aircraft were provided by the RAF. The object of the exercise was to ascertain the link between the length of run up and the accuracy of bombing shipping. Public records at Kew, documents AIR10/ 1596 and AIR10/1562 provide further information regarding the trials. This type of hand held sight was intended, when aligned with the correct timing rods to provide ship’s crews with the estimated time of impact and angle of bombing to be expected by an attacking aircraft thereby assist anti bombing manoeuvres. A 1990’s dated copy of a 5 page report on the trials by Peter Rutter with illustrations of some of the ships, detail of aircraft that took part in the exercises, references where further information on the trials can be located and detail re this type of sight’s performance was found with and accompanies this piece. The report indicates that this type of sight was relatively ineffective and it is likely that this actual sight took part in the trials. This cased sight is complete with its original wood handle, aiming platform and calibrated brass timing rods. It is in excellent condition . The original wood case measures 13 ½” x 12” x 3 ½” & has a hinged lid with clasp fasteners. The lid has stencilled lettering ‘Anti-Bomb Sight’. Internally the case has hinged blocks which keep the sight and rods firmly in place. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 13267
£395.00
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