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Victorian Era British Dollond London 3 Draw 'Signallers' No10029 Brass Telescope with Interchangable Eye Piece Lens and Hard Leather Case. OPT 829 - OPT 829
This is a three draw signallers telescope by ‘Dolland London No 10029’. These telescopes came with two eye pieces, a high power at 30 diameters and a low power at 15 diameters. Size: closed: 10.25" open: 30.5". Although it doesn't have any war department stamp indicating it was official issue, it certainly is made to the same specifications and was likely a private purchase item for someone who was not entitled to an issue one. For a time in the eighteenth and nineteenth century the word 'Dollond' was almost a generic term for telescope rather like 'Hoover; is to vacuum cleaner. Genuine Dollond telescopes were considered to be amongst the best. Peter Dollond (1731-1820) was the business brain behind the company which he founded in Vine Street, Spitalfields in 1750. In 1752 he entered into a business partnership with his father John (1706-1761) and the shop was relocated to a position under the sign of the Golden Spectacles and Sea Quadrant in Exeter Exchange, off The Strand. The lenses are crack free and the leather has a nice patina and the stitching is in place *the buckle strap to the spare eye piece case is in used condition* the leather shoulder as strap isn’t present. Overall a very nice telescope from a very good manufacturer. The price includes UK delivery. OPT 829.
£275.00

1986 British SUSAT, 4 x Magnification Sight Unit For British Infantry SA80 Rifles With Mount & Rail. Sn 19421 - 19421
The Sight Unit Small Arms, Trilux, or SUSAT, is a 4× telescopic sight with tritium-powered illumination, utilised at dusk or dawn. The sight is not designed as a sniper sight, but is rather intended to be mounted on a variety of rifles and to be used by all infantrymen. SUSAT is the primary sighting system for the British Army's SA80 series weapons and L108 and L110 light machine guns. Illustrated is an SA80 rifle mounted with a SUSAT sight. The Optics of this Susat with military post reticle are excellent and fully functional. The rubber eye cup is complete and undamaged. The underside has an identification plate marked 'AVL REG No 018123’' and date '1986'. The Unit is complete with its correct rail and mount. The sight with rail attached measures 6” x 3 ¼” x 2” The price includes UK delivery. (NB The SA80 rifle illustrated in the images is not included) Sn 19421
£575.00

19th Century Single Draw Leather bound Brass Telescope. OPT 828 - OPT 828
A single draw hand held telescope, made in the style of the distinctive ‘British Naval Officer of the watch’ telescopes. A classic naval telescope, the main barrel of brass construction covered in its original brown leather stitched cladding which is in good condition with unbroken stitching with only a few areas of scuffing. All lenses are clean and free from any damage, producing a clear and sharp image. There is an integral dust cover in the eyepiece and a sun shield at the lens. 25” fully extended and 18 ¼ “when closed. The price includes UK postage. OPT 828.
£250.00

Victorian Era British Dollond London 3 Draw 'Signallers' No9934 Brass Telescope with Interchangable Eye Piece Lens and Hard Leather Case. OPT 827 - OPT 827
This is a three draw signallers telescope by ‘Dolland London No 9934’. These telescopes came with two eye pieces, a high power at 30 diameters and a low power at 15 diameters. Size: closed: 10.25" open: 30.5". Although it doesn't have any war department stamp indicating it was official issue, it certainly is made to the same specifications and was likely a private purchase item for someone who was not entitled to an issue one. For a time in the eighteenth and nineteenth century the word 'Dollond' was almost a generic term for telescope rather like 'Hoover; is to vacuum cleaner. Genuine Dollond telescopes were considered to be amongst the best. Peter Dollond (1731-1820) was the business brain behind the company which he founded in Vine Street, Spitalfields in 1750. In 1752 he entered into a business partnership with his father John (1706-1761) and the shop was relocated to a position under the sign of the Golden Spectacles and Sea Quadrant in Exeter Exchange, off The Strand. The leather has a nice patina and the stitching is in place apart from the missing buckle strap to the spare eye piece case, and the strap to the main eye piece cover. Overall a very nice telescope from a very good manufacturer. The price includes UK delivery. OPT 827.
£295.00

2 draw brass Enbeeco "Comet" C/S 20X refracting telescope with lens cap & leather case. OPT 826. - OPT 826
Made in London it dates from the mid-20th century. Both the telescope & case are all working as they should and are in great condition. The telescope tubes are made of brass, with a new grip of real leather. The front (objective) lens diameter is 1.25 inch /(3.2cm approx.). The focus is by pushing & pulling the draw in & out and is smooth. It must be fully extended, except for focusing, to view through it. The optics are clean with no bloom, fungus or scratches & have been cleaned recently. It comes with its original lens cap & leather case with attached strap all in good condition, strap length 132cm (52 inches) & is adjustable and it can hold the cased telescope. Both the case & strap have been given a leather nourishing balm recently to keep them supple & from drying out. The telescope draws out & folds away as it should. When folded altogether it measures 26cm (10 inches approx), it extends in length total to 60cm (24 inches approx.). The telescope can be opened up for cleaning the lenses by unscrewing from each of the draw sections. Total item weight 900g. The price includes UK delivery. OPT 826.
£295.00

c1833 ‘Davis Cheltenham’ 4 draw Leather bound Brass Telescope. OPT 825 - OPT 825
Edward Davis (Mathematical instrument maker, Optician, Philosophical instrument maker) Traded at 171 High St., Cheltenham, England (1833) &, 65 Bold St. (1839-41), 45 Bold Street (1843), both Liverpool, England. Succeeded by Messrs Davis at last address in 1842. This is a 1 ½” 4 draw wood bound brass telescope with brass lens cap and leather case. 70 cm in length extended (19 ½ cm closed). Signed ‘Davis, Cheltenham to the first draw. Each draw only showing minor signs of age related wear for its age. The leather carry case has a nice patina and is in very good condition with no damage or issues with the stitching or buckle. A nice piece by a famous maker. The price includes UK delivery. OPT 825
£350.00

*WWII TELE.SCT.REGTS.MK2, H.C.R. & SON LTD Snipers Spotting Telescope Scout Regiment MKII. OPT 821. - OPT 821
A Military Brass 2 inch Three Draw Telescope, stamped TELE.SCT.REGTS.MK2, H.C.R.& SON LTD., OS 126 GA, NO.29025, with broad arrowhead, the ocular edge stamped O.S.1616.S.A., with sliding filter, black crinkle enamelled sleeve, in a brown leather case with carrying strap. 3 draw with sun visor measuring 81cm extended (27 ½ cm closed). The brown leather case is in good condition with light age related staining to the strap *buckle loose/cracked front lens*. The MkII Scout Regiment telescope was first introduced in 1939 at the start of WWII, and soon after supplied as an integral part of the snipers No4T kit chest issued alongside the Holland & Holland modified Lee Enfield No 4 (T) snipers rifle matched scope, officers prismatic compass etc. A nice piece for the collector. The price includes UK delivery. OPT 821.
£295.00

WWI 4 Draw Leather Bound Brass Telescope with Extending Sun Visor Cover by Broadhurst Clarkson & Co. OPT 820 - OPT 820
All optics of the telescope are excellent and function as they should, the telescope extends easily and smoothly into a 4-draw length. Broadhurst Clarkson & Co Ltd – 63 Farrington Road, London E.C. is engraved to the 2nd draw(In 1750 Benjamin Martin established an instrument business with his son Joshua joining him in 1778. Joshua went on to patent a method for manufacturing brass tubing in 1782, the same year the firm was sold to Charles Tulley. The Tulley family ran the business through to 1844 when it was sold to Robert Mills who, in turn, sold on to Alexander Clarkson in 1873. Broadhurst became a partner in the business in 1892 but had a falling out with Clarkson resulting in the partnership splitting in 1908. Broadhurst promptly moved to 63 Farringdon Road and named the building Telescope House. In a shrewd move, Broadhurst realised the value of the good Clarkson name and began trading as Broadhurst Clarkson & Co. In house, the firm were able to produce both the lenses and the brass tubes (using Joshua Martin's patented machine). They also operated a showroom and shop on site. With the advent of the First World War in 1914, the business expanded to support the war effort, opening a second lens making facility in London supported by a telescope factory in Watford) *the previous owner has written their name just below* The brown leather caps and strap are in lovely supple condition with working buckle and secure stitching. Measuring 87 cm when fully extended (27 cm closed). It is a lovely antique, possibly nautical use intended, telescope. The price includes UK delivery. OPT 820.
£325.00

WWI Trench Periscope No 25 (X6) and Case by R. & J.Beck Ltd. 19369. - 19369
Trench warfare is a type of land warfare using occupied fighting lines largely comprising military trenches, in which troops are well-protected from the enemy's small arms fire and are substantially sheltered from artillery. Periscopes were used to survey the surrounding area, although they were prone to being damaged by rifle fire. WWI Trench periscope with its original leather case. The handle periscope measures: (L 8cm x W 4cm; H 83cm - fully erected), with handle and leather case. The periscope bears the following incised markings: 'Periscope No 2 / R. & J. Beck Ltd / 1918 / No 4890 / (broad arrow). The periscope still retains the majority of its olive drab paint, and the handle is in remarkably good condition. The original thick leather case retains all but one of its tabs. The leather straps are working *one shortened. The leather has a lovely aged patina. An excellent piece of history for the collector. The price includes UK delivery. 19369. (Back shelf)
£345.00

Early WW2 1944 British Officer's MK III Military Marching Compass By TG Co Ltd London. 19348. - 19348
This is an excellent fully functioning (no bubbles), early WW2 British Officer's Military Compass. It has a blackened brass case and is mounted with lanyard ring. The glass face and numbered brass outer ring are perfectly intact. The rear of the compass is nicely marked by the manufacturer 'T.G. Co Ltd London' together with 'No. B284974' and '1944' date together with ‘MK III’. The compass is complete with its original leather pouch/case of issue in excellent condition. The pouch is made of beautifully aged leather with fastening strap and buckle and velvet lining, with Broad Arrow stamp to the side. The stitching is all intact. The price for this nicely marked WW2 instrument includes UK delivery. 19348. (Back shelf)
£275.00
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