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WW1 Era British No.9 Box Trench Periscope. Sn 17999:5 - 17999:5
The Trench periscope was an essential tool in World War I, to observe the enemy across No Man's Land, but at the same time avoid being shot at by the enemy marksmen. This is an original British WW1 era No. 9 periscope, affectionately nick-named the ‘Box’ periscope.It has original green paint finish. Its hooks, sliding viewing panel and hinged viewing panel are present and in working order. The glass panels are present and intact but stained with age. There are no visible manufacturer or date marks. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17999:5

Transit Cased, WW1 British WD Barr & Stroud Ltd Vickers Machine Gun No 12 MK III Rangefinder With WW1 1917 Dated Houghton & Butcher Tripod (Supplied To Irish Free State Army In 1921) . OPT 818 - OPT 818
This is a WW1 era British Vickers machine gun range finding No 12 MKIII scope with case and 1917 dated tripod. After WW1, in 1921 these rangefinders together with other arms and equipment were supplied by Britain to the Irish Free State (IFS) army as a result of IFS’s support during the great war. These rangefinders were used by machine gun crews to calculate the distance / trajectory of targets bot in direct range and distant peaks to triangulate on maps. This set in contained in its original wooden transit chest with its rare leather cover. The range finder was manufactured by Barr & Stroud Ltd under a British WD contract and retains its original green paint finish and shoulder strap. The scope has identification plates with WD marks, designations and Barr & Stroud Ltd London manufacturer detail (all illustrated). The tripod stand is marked with Houghton & Butcher manufacturer detail, serial number, No.14 MK II model designation & ‘1917’ date. The wooden chest is in excellent condition with all straps and catches in good working order. Internally the case is in similar condition and is complete with its brass attachment rod in the lid compartment and original instructions for use. The top of the lid has model designation (illustrated). The price includes UK delivery. OPT 818

**VERY RARE**Transit Cased, WW1 Era British WD Thornton Pickard Altrincham Mark III Hythe Fighter Aircraft Lewis Machine Gun Camera With Accessories. Sn 17864 - 17864
In 1915, one year into WWI, bullets were too expensive to use in air-to-air combat pilot training. Camera manufacturer Thornton-Pickard of Altrincham, Cheshire had a great idea. Make a machine gun that used film. The Mark III Hythe Machine Gun Camera's design followed the Lewis Gun blueprint, a light automatic machine gun created by US Army Colonel Isaac Newton Lewis in 1911. It was first used mounted on a plane in 1912, when the US Army Captain Charles Chandler fired it from a Wright Model B Flyer. The British military liked it so much that they adopted it for the Royal Flying Corps & Royal Air Force combat planes. However, at that time there was a shortage of ammunition and pilots. The latter could easily be solved by training new pilots, but this training needed a lot of the former. Thornton-Pickard's idea was to use a roll of film to record the trainees' manoeuvring and firing effectiveness. The idea was so good that it's still used today for training. The Hythe worked like the Lewis Gun. The charging handle advanced the film and cocked the shutter, while the trigger fired the shutter. The focus, aperture and shutter speed were fixed. The magazine was empty and didn't serve any function except training the pilot in changing it during the training missions, it punched a hole in the film every time it was changed and proved it had been changed. This machine gun camera operates as it should, the cocking lever advances the film one frame at a time and this is indicated by the counter on top of the frame near the wood handle (the film used would have been 120mm roll film). It is fitted with a genuine period Lewis Gun Magazine which has WD inspection marks and model designation designation. The identification plate on the side has paint "Thornton-Pickard Altrincham MK III H" & “265”. The body is also stamped with number ‘157’. The camera is complete with its original wood transit case with hinged lid, clasp fasteners and steel carry handle. The interior of the case has compartments for the camera and for accessories which include a roll of Kodak film (we don’t know if the film roll is useable), a steel tool, what looks like an old camera spring, a glass plate inscribed with a target sight & a packet labelled ‘Cog Wheels’ which contains a quantity of screws and cog wheels. The interior of the lid has its original ‘Thornton Altrincham’ identification plate (illustrated). The exterior of the case has reinforced riveted steel corner protectors and it retains most of its original green paint. The exterior lid of the case is stencilled with original markings 'MK IIIH 265’, it also has old paper labels with indistinct writing. We have not tested the camera but it is undamaged and appears fully functional. The price for this very rare piece of British WW1 aviation history includes UK delivery. Sn 17864

Inter War / WW2 era German Ajack Berlin 2.5x70 Sniper Telescopic Sight For Mauser K98 Rifles With Leather Lens Protector Covers. Sn 17912 - 17912
The German optics firm A. Jackenroll (Ajack) Berlin made sniper telescopic sights for the German army for use on K98 rifles. Some were issued to Waffen SS Units (these carry deaths head markings). The company also exported scopes for the Swedish Military. This is a very good original WW2 era German Ajack Sniper Telescopic Sight for Mauser K98 rifles. The sight is undamaged and the optics with ‘fine cross hair’ function as they should (unable to photograph through viewing lens). The sight is marked "Ajack Made In Germany” on one side of the elevation adjustment knob base and ‘2.5x70’ on the reverse. There are no external German military markings on the sight. This sight does not have any Swedish markings on it indicating it was not one of the scopes sold to Sweden. The scope has its original, period, leather lens protector covers. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17912

Transit Cased, Soviet-Afghan War Era 1977 Russian AON-1 Prismatic Tank / Armoured Vehicle Gun Sight With Accessories. Sn 17709 - 17709
This is an original Soviet gun sight for Tanks & armoured vehicles. The sight retains all of its original paint. It has the correct graduated dials. The body has identification markings ‘AON-1’ above 021-77 (1977 date). It has its original handles and eye cup. The sight measures 10” width x 12 ½” height. The sight comes with its original steel transit case which retains its original finish and has matching stencilled markings. The case with hinged lid, clasp fasteners and carry handle has compartments to fit its accessories which consist of replacement lens housings, rubber fittings and grommets, cleaning cloths and illustrated instruction pamphlets all in Russian text. The case measures 14 ¾” x 9 ½” x 12” and including its contents weighs 12.5Kg. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17709

WW1 / WW2 Era Cased, WW2 German Army Voigtlaender (Sohn AG, Braunschweig) 6 X 30 Magnification Dienstglas Service Binoculars With Neck Strap. Sn 17770 - 17770
These are an original cased pair of Nazi German Army, 6 X 30 Magnification, Binoculars. The Binoculars have a black textured finish, with adjustable eyepieces. 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 marked ‘Dienstglas 6 x 30, 46586 & ‘H/6400’. The other is marked by the manufacturer ‘Voigtlaender’ ( u. Sohn AG, Braunschweig). The Binoculars are contained in their fitted sturdy leather case with hinged lid, clasp fastener and hanging bars fitted with shoulder strap. The case has period applied field green camouflage paint. The price for this excellent set of nicely marked binoculars includes UK delivery. Sn 17770

Cased, WW1 Era Imperial German Army Officer’s, Fernglas ’08, 6 X 39 Magnification, Binoculars By Karl Zeiss, Jena. Sn 17701 - 17701
These are an original cased pair of WW1 era German, Fernglas 6 X 39 Magnification Infantry Officer's Binoculars (see page 20 of Military Binoculars & Telescopes For Land Air & Sea Service by Seeger). The binoculars have a field green finish with adjustable eyepieces. The body of the binoculars have lanyard bars. All optics are excellent & function as they should. The binoculars are stamped 'Fernglas 08', together with the manufacturer's Karl Zeiss, Jena cartouche and number ‘5435’ (illustrated). The binoculars are contained in their fitted sturdy leather case with hinged lid. The lid of the case is secured by leather tabs and eyelets which fasten to brass studs. The case has belt loops. The inside of the case has original paper instructions in German text. The rim of the case has matching Karl Zeiss Jena cartouche. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17701

**WW2 Captured In North Africa** Nazi D.A.K. (German Africa Corps) Wehrmacht Rundblickfehrnrohr 36, Rbl.F. 36 Optical Gun Sight / Prism Tank /Gun Sight Used PaK Anti Tank Guns & Panzer Tank Guns By bmj (Hensoldt). Sn 17722 - 17722
This is an original Rbl.F36 optical sight for Artillery Guns & Tanks most likely captured during the WW2 North Africa campaign. These sights were used on the following: PaK 36, 38, 40 Also In Pz.Kfw. 38(t) Pz.Kfw. I, Pz.Kfw. II, StuG IV, JadgPz. IV & Panzerjagr Tiger (p) (Elefant). The steel sight retains all of its original DAK sand coloured paint. It has the correct graduated dials. The optics work perfectly and have the correct graduated reticule. The body has identification markings ‘Rbl.F36’, number ‘570905’ and Nazi manufacturer code ‘bmj’ which is Hensoldt u. Soehne, Mechanisch-Optische Werke AG, Wetzlar. It also has a blue ‘+’ mark (seal or lubrication designation). The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17722

WW2, Armoured, U-Boat Turret, 'U-Bootglas' 7x 50 Binoculars By Carl Zeiss, Jena (blc). OPT 817 - OPT 817
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 nice original example. The Binocular's armoured body has black finish and lanyard bars. The lenses are protected by heavy duty rubber shrouds and eye cups which are fixed in place. The right shoulder under the rubber shroud is crisply stamped by the lens manufacturer’s Nazi German Wartime code 'blc' which is Carl Zeiss, Jena, together with 7x50 (magnification) & Number '68368'. These binoculars were originally issued without carry cases and in transportation crates of 10 for use by U-Boat crews. The optics of this instrument are perfect. The price for this sought after piece of U-Boat history includes UK delivery. OPT 817

**BRAND NEW BOXED**German Minox BF 10x 25 BR Waterproof Binoculars With Neck Strap, Carry Case, Cleaning Cloth & Illustrated Instruction Pamphlets. Sn 17566 - 17566
Not something we normally sell, but we have recently taken delivery of a consignment of these superb precision made German binoculars ideal for field, sports and home use. The BF series complements the Minox range of binoculars with many proven design features and offers best quality Minox optics. The multi-coated lens system minimizes reflections and guarantees neutral colour rendition. Phase corrected coatings on the roof prisms create an image with excellent details and high contrast - even in low light conditions. Due to the low weight and compact design, the BF binoculars fit nicely in the hand. The internal optical systems and precision mechanics are protected by a rugged aluminium body and an innovative sealing technology to further protect against dust and water, withstanding a pressure of 0.3 bar or down to a depth of 3 metres. The binoculars have rotating eye cups (these allow comfort and best field of view for both users wearing glasses (closed position) and without glasses (open position). The binoculars measure (Height x Width x Depth) 109 x 98 x 39 mm. Each box contains a padded fabric Minox labelled carry case with flap cover, plastic snap fastener and rear belt loop, a Minox labelled adjustable neck strap, a cleaning cloth and illustrated instruction pamphlet. The price is for one pair of boxed binoculars with their accessories. Sn 17566
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