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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

Victorian British Royal Navy Midshipman’s Single Draw Naval Telescope With Extending Sun Shade & Sliding Eye Piece Shutter By Heath & Co Ltd, New Eltham, London ‘Makers To The Royal Navy’. Sn 13106 - 13106
Heath & Co were English London based optical instrument manufacturers. The company was founded in 1845 George Heath. In 1863, his son, George Wilson Heath, was apprenticed to the business. In 1882 the firm was reconstituted as a limited liability company and George Wilson Heath. built two factories at Crayford and New Eltham to cope with the firm's growing requirements. By 1937 the business was incorporated with Messrs. W. F. Stanley and Co Ltd and in 1937 were listed as Scientific instrument manufacturers. "Hezzanith" Instruments. Heath & Co made optical instruments for the British Royal Navy. This is an excellent Victorian Royal Navy Midshipman’s Telescope. It is made 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 18 ¼” in length when closed and 25 ¾” extended. The draw is engraved with manufacturer detail including the New Eltham factory address and ‘Makers To The Royal Navy’ (illustrated In Image 2). The telescope has a leather lens protector cover secured to the frame by a leather strap and tab. The leather cover of the telescope has an ink monogram ‘JJH’ no doubt the name of the Midshipman who owned this telescope. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 13106
£395.00

WW1 1917 British No. 7 Mk II Dial Sight By Ross London. OPT 828 - OPT 828
This is an original WW1 British No.7 Mk II, optical dial sight made by Ross, London used on 13 pdr and 18 pdr Field guns for both indirect periscope sighting and for direct line of sight. It is fully functioning with excellent optics . Constructed of brass and steel it retains its original finish and is marked ‘Dial Sight No.7 Mk II Ross London’ together with ‘1917’ date and serial number 16811. Price includes UK delivery. OPT 828
£295.00

WW1 1916 Dated British WD MK V Stand Instrument No 2 MK 1 Observer’s Brass & Wood Tri-Pod For The Spotting & Sniper’s Telescope By Blunt & Wray London, Later WW2 1941 Australian WD Issue Cap Covers With Sling By FS Ltd & Sling. OPT 827 - OPT 827
This is an original WW1 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. The brass clamp mount with wingnut has a ‘WD arrow’ and manufacturer & model designation (illustrated in image 2). The clamp is fitted with a wood block to protect the clamp. The tripod is 36 ½” overall length. The tri-pod is complete with its later WW2 dated Australian issue leather clamp cap and leg loop & leather & webbing connecting strap / sling with brass buckles . The clamp cap has impressed detail ‘D^D’ (Australia WD), ‘STD INST No 21 MK V’ together with manufacturer detail ‘FS Ltd’ and ‘1941’ date (illustrated in image 2). Price includes UK delivery. OPT 827
£275.00

IMPRESSIVE, LARGE, WW1 Era British WD Brass & Leather Micro Adjustable Coastal Artillery Telescope By Broadhurst, Clarkson and Co Ltd London With Brass lens Cover Retailed By Charles Franks Glasgow & Original Wood Tri-Pod With Spiked End Caps. Sn 12987 - 12987
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 impressive WW1 era large British WD Brass & Leather Micro Adjustable Coastal Artillery Telescope by 'Broadhurst, Clarkson and Co Ltd London recently serviced and cleaned. The optics of the telescope are excellent and clear. It has a 3” diameter lens with its original protective brass cap. When mounted in its extended position it is 46” in length. The telescope is leather bound. The leather has a retailers label ‘Charles Franks Glasgow’ (illustrated in image 2). The brass draw of the scope is crisply marked by the manufacturer ‘'Broadhurst, Clarkson and Co Ltd 63 Farringdon Road London EC 3059 No.44” (illustrated in image 2). The telescope is mounted on its original heavy wood tripod with alloy and brass mounts. The legs have alloy spiked feet and one leg has its original leather strap with buckle for fastening the legs together during transit. When extended the tripod is 50” between each foot and it holds the telescope by means of a brass bracket. The brass mount on the tripod has a ‘WD arrow’ and number ‘1643’ (illustrated in image 2). One leg of the tripod has a matching ‘Franks Glasgow’ retailer label (illustrated in image 2). The telescope rotates freely 360 degrees and is micro adjustable. The telescope including mount stands at 57" to the centre when in the open position. This is an impressive, full size, WD Coastal Artillery Telescope by a quality maker complete with tripod. Delivery of this large item within the UK will be arranged at cost. Sn 12987
£475.00
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