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MINT, WW2 Era French M.G (Ministry Of War Military) SRPI Puteaux Gt-6x Milliemes Extendable Trench Periscope With Original Hard Leather Case. Sn 17482 - 17482
This is an original cased WW2 era French Ministry of War extendable trench periscope in near mint condition. It is in excellent condition with fully functional graduated optics. It measures 16” closed, with handle folded and 26” extended . The alloy metal work retains its original green paint. It has a Bakelite eye piece adjustable for focus and folding wood handle. The periscope is marked ‘M.G’ (Ministère de la Guerre / Ministry of War) above number ‘No.51/3360’. It is also marked ‘Gt-6 Milliemes’ and with ‘SRPI Puteaux’ cartouche. The periscope is complete with its original sturdy brown leather fitted carry case in similar near mint condition. The scope fits snugly into the case which has a full hinged lid with side mounted sprung retaining strap. The rear of the case has 2 belt loops. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17482
£425.00

WW1 French Berthiot Paris 3-1282 Societe D' Optique Brass Trench Periscope. Sn 17481 - 17481
SOM (Société d'Optique ) Berthiot or Berthiot in short was a French optical company founded in Paris at the beginning of the 20th century. The Company made quality cameras and optical equipment, including trench periscopes for use in WW1. This is an original Berthiot trench periscope. It is in excellent condition with fully functional optics. It measures 26” length and can be unscrewed into 3 sections. The brass retains traces of original grey paint. The scope is marked ‘Societe D' Optique Berthiot Paris 3-1282’. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17481
£275.00

Original Boxed WW1 1915 Patent British F. Duerr & Sons Manchester Lifeguard Collapsible, Concertina Folding Trench Periscope. Sn 17483 - 17483
These periscopes were invented and patented by Edgar Duerr, for use in trench warfare (Duerr & Sons, Est 1881 Manchester are the UK’s oldest family owned Jam & Marmalade maker). The collapsible periscope was considered such a significant part of Britain’s war effort that originals used by troops are on display in The Imperial War Museums in London and Manchester, in addition to The Guards Museum in London. The life-saving instrument enabled front-line soldiers to observe enemy movements from 50cm (20 inches) below the parapet, providing them with a view of up to 91m (100 yards). The instruments were approved by the British War Office. A copy of a contemporary WW1 era advertisement demonstrating the use of Duerr’s instrument is illustrated in image 2. Our original example is in very good condition. The steel concertina frame pocket-sized periscope measures 4 ½” x 4” x 2 ½” closed and 24 ½”extended. The frame has brass screws and glazed alloy end plate viewing frames. The exterior of the viewing plate frames has the embossed Duerr’s information with F. Duerr & Sons name, Manchester S.W. address and model designation ‘The Lifeguard patent Periscope’ within Shield. The original viewing panes within the frames are undamaged but have areas of staining and rubbing (if a soldier broke the viewing glass the company would replace both for a cost of 1 shilling & 6 pence). The metal work retains its original black paint finish. The periscope functions as it should. The instrument is contained in its original cardboard box with empty Duerr’s labelled envelope. The price for this interesting WW1 trench warfare instrument includes UK delivery. Sn 17483
£295.00

WW2 1943 Busch Rathenow German Army Bakelite Compass With Blackened Brass Cover. Sn 17408 - 17408
This is an original WW2 dated German Army marching Compass. It has a polished steel mirror inside its blackened brass hinged lid, pointing arrow and Bakelite casing. One side of the casing has graduated numbers 1-5 (in cms & mms). The Bakelite has 3 small cartouches one with the maker’s name ‘Busch Rathenow’ another with ‘43’ (1943 date) and the other with inspection mark. The compass measures 3” x 2 ¼” and functions as it should. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17408
£145.00

SOLD SOLD Webbing Cased, WW1 1915 Patent British F. Duerr & Sons Manchester Lifeguard Collapsible, Concertina Folding Trench Periscope. Sn 17432 - 17432
These periscopes were invented and patented by Edgar Duerr, for use in trench warfare (Duerr & Sons, Est 1881 Manchester are the UK’s oldest family owned Jam & Marmalade maker). The collapsible periscope was considered such a significant part of Britain’s war effort that originals used by troops are on display in The Imperial War Museums in London and Manchester, in addition to The Guards Museum in London. The life-saving instrument enabled front-line soldiers to observe enemy movements from 50cm (20 inches) below the parapet, providing them with a view of up to 91m (100 yards). The instruments were approved by the British War Office. A copy of a contemporary WW1 era advertisement demonstrating the use of Duerr’s instrument is illustrated in image 3. Our original example is in very good condition. The steel concertina frame pocket-sized periscope measures 4 ½” x 4” x 2 ½” closed and 24 ½”extended. The frame has brass screws and glazed alloy end plate viewing frames. One panel has its original colourful Duerr’s label with F. Duerr & Sons name, Manchester S.W. address and model designation ‘The Lifeguard patent Periscope’ within Shield & patent detail ‘Patent No 163/15 (1915)’. The original viewing panes within the frames are undamaged but have areas of staining and rubbing (if a soldier broke the viewing glass the company would replace both for a cost of 1 shilling & 6 pence). The metal work retains its original black paint finish. The periscope functions as it should. The instrument is contained in its original WW1 era webbing case with folding flap cover and retaining strap with press stud fastener. The rear of the case has a stitched belt loop. The case is in good clean condition. The price for this interesting WW1 trench warfare instrument includes UK delivery. Sn 17432
£0.00

WW2 RAF, Air Ministry Mosquito & Beaufighter Crew No. 6E-338 Fixed Focus (2x Magnification) Night Use Binoculars & Air Ministry Fitted Case. Sn 17430 - 17430
A nice pair of Royal Air Force, Air Ministry issue binoculars. The binoculars used on night missions by Mosquito and Beaufighter aircraft crews have excellent optics. The brass casing has most of its original black finish.The binoculars have lanyard bars fitted with original leather neck strap. As is common, one of the Bakelite eye cups is chipped (both are secure). The binoculars are stamped with WD arrow and designation ‘Ref No. 6E/338. They are contained in their original brown leather fitted case with hinged lid which has a single retaining strap and buckle & adjustable shoulder strap. The top of the lid is crisply impressed with Air Ministry ‘AM' mark, Ref No. 6E-338 and 'Binoculars For Night Use'. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17430
£195.00

ORIGINAL FULLY SERVICED British WW2 1944 No.32 MK II Telescopic Sight For No.4 (T) Sniper Rifles With Scope Mounts & Leather Lens Covers. Sn 17164 - 17164 - 17164
his is an excellent original WW2 1944 dated No.32 MK II Telescopic sight with original mount for the British No.4 (T) Sniper Rifle. The sight is in excellent undamaged condition and we have recently had it professionally serviced, cleaned and gas filled. It is in near perfect, as new, usable condition.. The sight is fitted with mounts and the body of the sight is crisply stamped 'TEL SIGHTING No.32 MK II OS 1650A’ together with '1944' date and number ‘16151’. All optics of the sight are in perfect working order. The scope is fitted with original scope mounts which are stamped with numbers (all illustrated) and period leather lens protector covers in excellent condition. The price for this increasingly rare WW2 dated sniper sight includes UK delivery. Sn 17164
£2,200.00

1935 Cased, WW2 Russian Front / Cold Climate Nazi German Army 6 X 30 Magnification Dienstglas Service Binoculars By 'ddx' Voigtlaender Sohn AG, Braunschweig With Neck Strap & Uniform Tab. OPT 814 - OPT 814
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 which has the correct leather tab with eyelet for attaching to uniform & rubber lens protector cover. All optics are excellent and function as they should. One shoulder of the binoculars is marked ‘Dienstglas 6 x 30, 0246958’ & ‘ddx’ manufacturer mark with blue triangle. A blue triangle meant that they were constructed / lubricated for cold climate, ddx is the Nazi German War time manufacturer code for 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 an indistinct impressed Hamburg manufacturer mark, ‘35’ (1935) date and is waffenamt. The lid is impressed ‘I’.The price for this excellent set of nicely marked cased Cold Climate WW2 Era Military Binoculars, includes UK delivery. OPT 814
£395.00

WW1 1916 Dated Imperial German Army NCO’s 6 X 39 Magnification Fernglas Model 08 Field Binoculars By Emil Busch AG Rathenow With Spandau GPK Rifle Inspection Office ‘K’ Mark, Neck Strap & Matching Manufacturer Marked Leather Case. OPT 840 - OPT 840
These are an original cased pair of WW1 German Army, 6 X 39 Magnification, Field Binoculars. These binoculars were developed in response to a 1916 German Government contract for issue to Non Commissioned Officers and were produced until the end of the Great War in 1918 (see page 20 of ‘Military Binoculars & Telescopes For Land Sea & Air Service’ by Seeger where a similar cased example to ours is illustrated). The Binoculars have the correct finish with adjustable eyepieces. The cast body of the binoculars have lanyard bars fitted with original leather neck strap. The adjustment dial is crisply marked with manufacturer and serial number. One hinge arm is stamped ‘K’ (a Spandau GPK rifle inspection office acceptance mark) and the other hinge arm has a very small date mark ‘XI 16’ denoting November 1916 (all illustrated). All optics are excellent and function as they should. The Binoculars are contained in their fitted sturdy leather hard case with hinged lid rear belt loops each impressed with matching manufacturer detail and hanging bar for shoulder strap. The lid is secured by leather tabs on the left and right sides of the case which attach to metal suds on the lid. The inside of the lid has its original paper instructions label with printed German text (all illustrated). The price includes UK delivery. OPT 840
£395.00

Rare Complete WW1 (1915 Dated) Vickers Machine Gun No 12 MkIII** Rangefinder With Tripod And Wooden Carriage Case. OPT 839 - OPT 839
This is a WWI (1915 dated)British Vickers machine gun range finding No12 MKIII* * scope with case and tripod. The 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 rubber eye pieces and leather cover. The range finder was manufactured by Barr & Stroud Ltd in 1915 and retains most of its original green painted finish. The tripod stand is marked Barr & Stroud Glasgow and London. The scope has its original carry strap and lens covers. The wooden chest is in good 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. The price includes UK delivery. OPT 839
£795.00
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