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Transit Cased 2005 Dated, L9A1 SUSAT, 4 x Magnification Sight Unit For British Infantry SA80 Rifles With Mount, Rail & Accessories. Sn 18222 - 18222
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. The SA80 Rifle and it's accessories including the Susat sight are described in Steve Raw's Book 'The Last Enfield' and the sight is illustrated on many pages of the book. The sight has been tested & the optics are excellent and fully functional. The rubber eye cup is complete and undamaged. The underside of the unit has it's original identification plate marked 'SX 2005 (date)' & Registration number 227973. The sight is complete with its top rail and mount. The top of the sight has armoury number ‘02’. The sight is contained in its original foam lined black plastic transit case with carry handle and clasp fasteners. The case contains 3 allen keys and plastic bag labelled ‘Susat Spare’ which contains a steel bolt with knurled head. The outside of the case has 2 labels ‘Sight Unit Small Arms Trilux L9A1 Box Armorer Safe Transport 1204-99-967-0479’ & ‘Safe Transport Box Susat Sight’. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18222

WW2 Era, Nazi German 7 X 50 Magnification, Kriegsmarine Binoculars By Ernst Leitz, Wetzlar (beh) With Leather Neck Strap. Sn 18199 - 18199
These are an excellent original pair of Nazi German, 7 X 50 Magnification, Kriegsmarine Binoculars. The Binoculars have a black textured finish, with adjustable eyepieces. The body of the binoculars have lanyard bars fitted with an 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 'beh' which is Ernst Leitz, Wetzlar, highlighted in original white paint (illustrated). the shoulder is also numbered 321705 and (T) together with ‘KF’ (denoting seal and greased for Kalt Felt / Cold Climate use). The other shoulder is numbered 21627 above ‘N’ and has the crisp Kriegsmarine Eagle with Swastika above ‘M’ (Marine) mark. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18199

Cased, British WW2 1945 No.14A MK III x 10 Brass Trench Periscope By HGP With Sun Visor & Screw Off Wood Handle. Sn 18196:17 - 18196:17
An excellent British WW2 dated Brass Trench Periscope. The scope itself measures 17” overall without handle and is 29” overall with its screw off wood handle attached. It has an adjustable graduated eyepiece with Bakelite eye cup. All optics function as they should. The scope has its original leather lens cover attached to the frame and sun shield which clips to the frame when not in use and attaches to the viewing lens by bayonet type catch when in use. The shield is attached to the frame by riveted leather straps. The frame is crisply marked 'Periscope No.14A MK III x10 4 HGP 1945 OS 676 GA Regd No 8611' highlighted in white. The frame also has another indistinct cast number. The brass scope retains its original green paint. The scope is contained in its original green painted hard fibre fitted case which has a padded hinged lid, webbing strap fastener with brass buckle and webbing shoulder strap with brass buckle. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18196:17

SOLD SOLD (11/04) WW2 1942 Australian J.W. Handley Pty Ltd MK 1 Pocket Collapsible, Concertina Folding Trench Periscope. Sn 18196:16 - 18196:16
These Australian WW2 periscopes were similar to those invented and patented by Edgar Duerr, for use in WW1 trench warfare (Duerr & Sons, Est 1881 Manchester are the UK’s oldest family owned Jam & Marmalade maker). The life-saving instruments enabled front-line soldiers to observe enemy movements from below the parapet, providing them with a safe view. A copy of a contemporary WW1 era advertisement of Duerr’s instrument which is used in the same way as our Australian WW2 Handley example is illustrated in image 2. Our periscope 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 glazed end plate viewing frames. The frame is manufacturer marked ‘J.W. Handley Pty Ltd Pocket Periscope 1942 MK1 Aust (Australia) within diamond cartouche. The original viewing panes within the frames are undamaged but have areas of staining and rubbing to be expected. The metal work retains its original black paint finish. The periscope functions as it should. The price for this interesting WW1 trench warfare instrument includes UK delivery. Sn 18196:16

SOLD SOLD (31/03) British WW1 1918 Brass MK IX Brass Trench Periscope By R&J Beck Ltd With Screw off Wood Handle. Sn 18196:15 - 18196:15
An excellent British WW1 Brass Trench Periscope. The scope measures 23 ¼” overall and has a screw off 9” contoured wood handle with brass ferrule. It has an adjustable brass eyepiece and all optics function as they should. The frame is stamped and dated by the manufacturer 'R&J Beck Ltd 1918'. It is also stamped with number '19556' and model designation ‘MK IX’. The brass scope retains its original olive green paint. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18196:15

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
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