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SOLD SOLD (19/03) Early WW2 1940 Cased H.Hughes & Son Ltd London Naval Sextant To Royal Navy Commander R.Wilson With Accessories. Sn 16096 - 16096
The Hughes family were originally clockmakers in the east end of London who progressed into supplying sextants and marine chronometers to ships coming into the River Thames. In 1712 Thomas Hughes became a member of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers at the age of 26 and was elected as Master of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers in 1742. His son, Thomas Hughes (junior) had his business at 25 New Bond Street London and was elected as Master of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers in 1762. In 1781 William Hughes, believed to be the son of Thomas Hughes Junior, was elected freeman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers and sold a cabin clock to captain Cook. Joseph Hughes, believed to be the son of William born in 1781, lived and worked at 16 Queen Street, Ratcliffe. He was to become a well-known maker of quadrants and compasses. His son Henry Hughes was born in 1816.In 1838 Henry Hughes & Sons was founded at 120 (later at 59), Fenchurch Street, London as a maker of chronographs and scientific instruments. Henry died in 1879 and his son Alexander succeeded him as chairman.The firm was incorporated as Henry Hughes & Sons Ltd in 1903 and opened a production facility in Forest Gate. Alexander's son Arthur was works manager and his elder brother Henry Alexander Hughes was director and secretary.In 1915 the site at Hainault was purchased and in 1917 the first part of the factory was opened. This site is the current headquarters of the modern Kelvin Hughes Ltd.In 1923, the company produced the first practical recording echo sounder.In 1935, S Smith & Son Ltd acquired a controlling interest in the company. This resulted in the development of new marine and aircraft instruments and a major expansion of the Hainault factory.Following the destruction of the Fenchurch street offices in the Blitz of 1941, discussions with Kelvin, Bottomley & Baird Ltd resulted in the establishing of the joint venture company Marine Instruments Ltd at 107, Fenchurch Street, London in 1942. The companies trademark was ‘Husun’.Today the Company Kelvin Hughes is a British company specialising in the design and manufacture of navigation and surveillance systems and a supplier of navigational data to both the commercial marine and government marketplace.The company provides radar systems to navies, governments, coastlines, ports and VTS installations as well as radars for land based security and surveillance applications. This is an excellent complete transit cased sextant by Huson. The instrument is japanned & silvered and is in full working order and marked with manufacturer name, address & Huson trademark together with serial number (illustrated) with additional lenses, cleaning brush and bottle and pin. It is contained in its original fitted wood transit case with void brass plate on the hinged lid, folding carry handle, hook fasteners and lock with key. The lid has a label adhered to Commander R. Wilson (illustrated). The lid of the case has a contemporary stable repair. The inside of the case has original labels. One with instructions for use, the other a certificate dated 1940 declaring the instrument meets Admiralty specifications (all illustrated). The price for this impressive Naval instrument worthy of further research regarding the RN Commander who owned this piece includes UK delivery. Sn 16096

RARE, Transit Cased, WW2 Nazi German 10 X 80 Magnification Flak Artillery DF (Doppelfernrohr Double Telescope) Binoculars By dkl (Schneider Kreuznach) With Original Detachable Sight, Padded Goggles Mount, Base & Control Mounts. OPT 835 - OPT 835
These are an original transit cased, WW2 Nazi German 10 X 80 Magnification Flak Artillery DF (Doppelfernrohr Double Telescope) Binoculars By dkl which is the WW2 Nazi manufacturer code for Schneider Kreuznach (see pages 54-85 of Eyes Of The Wehrmacht by Rohan where an instrument with similar markings to ours is illustrated). The heavy brass binoculars have their original dark grey finish with adjustable Bakelite eyepieces. All optics are fully functional. The lenses have sliding sun shades. The casing is crisply marked with Nazi manufacturer code ‘dkl’ together with magnification detail & serial number. It also bears blue triangle & red cross lubricant codes and DF mark (Doppelfernrohr Double Telescope). It has its original detachable turntable tripod mount with spirit level bubble & calibrated degree window. It also has its original control cradle with folding handle, calibrated dial, its original detachable flak sight and padded goggles eye shades with fixing lug. All components have their original screw tightening bolts and male / female blocks. The instrument is without tripod. It is contained in its original fitted wood transit case with compartments & retaining blocks and straps inside. The inside of the lid has its original contents label. The case has clasp fasteners and carry handles. The price for this excellent rare cased instrument includes UK delivery. OPT 835

WW2 1943 British WD Ausralian F.Tough Manufactured Vickers Heavy Machine Gun Clinometer Sight MK II With Correct Spirit Level & 1944 Dated Leather Case By JCS. OPT 834 - OPT 834
Virtually every army that used machine guns had some form of clinometer or angle of sight instrument in use by 1914, these sights led to the design of the MKII Clinometer introduced by Loc A-7266 of 9th September 1930(see pages 511 & 512 of The Grand Old Lady of No Mans Land by Goldsmith). This is an original Vickers Heavy Machine Gun Clinometer Sight MK II in its original case. The sight has the correct steel and brass construction with calibrated dial and spirit level. The sight has the correct model designation stamp with ‘Aust’ (Australian) ‘F. Tough’ manufacturer detail, WD marks and 1943 date (illustrated). The sight functions as it should. It is contained in its original leather case with hinged lid, The cases’ buckle is absent but its fastening strap is present . The sides of the case have small leather riveted strap loops. The rear of the case is impressed with model designation & manufacturer detail together with 1944 date. The inside of the case has storage instruction impressed into the leather (illustrated). The price includes UK delivery. OPT 834

WW1 Era British WD R&J Beck Ltd London, MK I Brass Trench Mortar Periscope. Sn 16031 - 16031
This is a fully functional, MK I Trench Mortar Periscope made by R&J Beck Ltd London. Manufactured during WW1 they were mounted on Mortars to look over parapets for a safe view over 'no mans land'. It is 17" Long and 1 ½” diameter. The lenses are clear and undamaged. It also has a single post pointer. The brass casing retains its original green paint and is undamaged. It has 2 swivel caps to cover the lenses and an iron fixing bracket. The top of the cap has markings ( illustrated) 'Trench Mortar, Periscope MKI N0. 562 R&J Beck Ltd, London' together with War Department arrow mark. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16031

MASSIVE, COMPLETE, Cold War Era 1960’s East German Military Cold War Era 1960’s Chrome Plated Alloy & Brass RWDF (Direction-Wise Rchtungseiser Doppelfernrohr) 10x50 Field Periscope Binoculars With Carl Zeiss Optics & Chrome Plated Alloy Tri-Pod - OPT 833 / Sn 15962
These are a massive , complete Cold War Era 1960’s East German Military Cold War Era 1960’s Polished Alloy & Brass RWDF (Direction-Wise Rchtungseiser Doppelfernrohr) 10x50 Field Periscope Binoculars With Carl Zeiss Optics As Used Along The Berlin Wall & Mounted To Panzer Tanks & Original Polished Alloy Tri-Pod. The scope features precision angled prismatic lenses. The whole piece is fully adjustable from 60 degrees above the horizon to 20 degrees below and can be rotated through 360 degrees. Other features include spirit levels, a flip down sun shield / anti glare hood and hinged braas covers for micro adjustment controls. The scope has 2 identification panels, one marked ‘RWMK 12-133-1847’ together with Carl Zeiss name and trade mark above number ‘2556’. The other has the Carl Zeiss name & trademark together with 10x50 magnification detail and other indistinct letters and numbers (illustrated). The scope has its correct lugs and screw bolts which secure the scope to its original tripod. The tripod has adjustable legs and fully extended with scope attached the instrument measures a massive 2.25 metres. All optics are excellent and function as they should. The price for this impressive instrument includes UK delivery. OPT 833 / Sn 15962

WW1 1918 Dated British Brass ‘Donkey Ears’ B.O. Forward Observation / Trench Telescope of 1915 By B&L Optical Co With Original Brass & Wood Type G Tripod. Sn 16050 - 16050
Original WW1 British Donkey Ears telescope of 1915 with tripod used by British forces in forward observation / trench deployment . The heavy brass instrument has original enamel green finish with adjustable eyepieces. All optics are fully functional. The casing is crisply marked with model designation, optics information and 1918 date (illustrated in image 2). The instrument comes with its original brass and wood tripod. These tri-pods came in 3 sizes, ours is the short version with 17” legs. The wood legs have original green paint. The top of the tripod has the correct graduated brass turn table and is marked ‘Type G’. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16050

Cased WW1 & Inter War German Dr. Walter Gerard , Charlottenburg / Berlin / Arms Factory Sniper Telescopic Sight For Mauser G98 & K98 Rifles. Sn 16049 - 16049
The Dr. Walter Gerard , Charlottenburg / Berlin / arms factory produced optical equipment for the german army during and post WW1. . These scopes were fitted to Mauser Gew98 and Kar98 sniper rifles during WW1 & inter war. This cased example is in excellent condition. The blackened steel scope measures 295mm overall length. It is marked with serial number 37678 on the side of the adjustment turret. One bell is marked by the manufacturer ‘K DRGM Dr. Walter Gerard , Charlottenburg’ indicating manufacture at the Company’s Berlin arms factory. It has excellent optics and mechanism, with a German reticle (heavy tapered vertical post with side bars). This example is fitted with original mounts and comes with a ‘Germany’ marked allen key and period leather case with removable lid. A strap with buckle secures the lid to the body of the case. The case is fitted with leather shoulder strap with buckle. The case is marked ‘F.B.I-T’. All leather and stitching of the case are clean and intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16049

Original, Webbing Cased, WW1 British F. Duerr & Sons Manchester 1915 Patent Lifeguard Collapsible, Concertina Folding Trench Periscope. Sn 15980:3 - 15980:3
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 it’s 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 for its age but the left side of the flap has service wear. The price for this interesting WW1 trench warfare instrument includes UK delivery. Sn 15980:3

MINT, Cased, British WW1 & WW2 Era No.14 TPL MK 4 Brass Trench Periscope By R & J B (Beck Ltd) With Screw Off Wood Handle. Sn 15874 - 15874
A near mint British WW1 & WW2 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. The frame is crisply marked 'Periscope No.14 TPL MK 4 OS 1427 GA R&JB (Beck Ltd) 10449 '. The brass scope retains its original green paint. The scope is contained in its original green painted hard fibre fitted case whih has a padded hinged lid, webbing strap fastener with brass buckle and webbing shoulder strap with brass buckle. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15874

WW2 Nazi German, Dienstglas (Service Glass), 10 X 50 Magnification, German Infantry Officer's Binoculars By 'blc' Carl Zeiss Jena With Nazi Marked 1944 Dated Case. Sn 15799:10 - 15799:10
An original pair of WW2 Nazi German, Dienstglas (Service Glass), 10 X 50 Magnification, Infantry Officer's Binoculars & Nazi marked case. The binoculars have a black textured finish which has areas of service wear, the metal work itself is un-damaged. The binoculars have adjustable Bakelite eyepieces. The body of the binoculars have lanyard bars. All optics are good and function as they should. The right shoulder of the binoculars is crisply stamped 'Dienstglas 10x 50' and with serial number '2236390’. It is also stamped with the code 'blc' which is the Nazi wartime manufacturer code for Carl Zeiss Jena together with ‘+’ mark. They are contained in their fitted sturdy black leather hard case with hinged lid. The lid of the case has its original sprung, armoured strap and the body has its original single stud fastener. The case is fitted with metal rings for shoulder strap. The body of the case near to the rim is Waffenamt & dated 1944. The price for these Nazi Binoculars in their Nazi marked WW2 dated case, includes UK delivery. Sn 15799:10
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