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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

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

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

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

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

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

WW2 Nazi German 7 X 50 Magnification Kriegsmarine Binoculars By blc Carl Zeiss, Jena & 1942 / 1944 Dated Case. Sn 12953 - 12953
These are a very good, original cased pair of Nazi German, 7 X 50 Magnification, Kriegsmarine Binoculars. The Binoculars have a black textured finish, with adjustable armoured eyepieces. The textured finish has areas of surface wear but the metal work is undamaged. The body of the binoculars have lanyard bars and are fitted with original leather neck strap. All optics are excellent 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 which is Carl Zeiss, Jena, together with serial number (all illustrated). The Binoculars are contained in their fitted sturdy black leather case with hinged lid. The lid of the case has its original sprung fastener which is date stamped ‘42’ (1942) and the body has its original single stud fastener. The case is absent its shoulder strap & the rear of the case has a contemporarily applied large riveted and stitched belt loop. The body of the case body is date stamped ‘1944’ and Waffenamt (illustrated). Price includes UK delivery. Sn 12953
£575.00
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