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British WW1 1918 MK IX Brass Trench Periscope By R&J Beck Ltd With Screw off Wood Handle. OPT 815 - OPT 815
An excellent British WW1 Brass Trench Periscope. The scope measures 23" 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 faintly stamped and dated by the manufacturer 'R&J Beck Ltd MK IX Periscope 1918'. It is also stamped with number '23798'. The brass scope retains some of it's original brown paint. Price includes UK delivery. OPT 815
475.00

WW2 British No.5 MK 5 x7 Tank Binoculars & WW2 1944 No.5 MK 1 Leather Case By BH & G Ltd. Sn 10780 - 10780
These are an excellent original cased pair of British WW2 No.5 MK 5 x 7 Tank Binoculars. The binoculars measure 7" X 8" and have a black textured stipple finish, with adjustable eyepieces. The body of the binoculars have lanyard bars and they are fitted with a thin webbing neck strap with buckle. All optics are perfect and function as they should. The left shoulder of the binoculars is crisply stamped with type and model detail highlighted in original white paint together with large red 'W'. The right has graticule information and a small cartouche highlighted in original white paint. The shoulder screws are highlighted in original red paint and the frame has a WD arrow. They are contained in their fitted hard body brown leather case with hinged lid and single retaining strap with buckle. The case is fitted with 2 large rear belt loops, side tab strap loops & carry handle. The top of the lid is impressed with manufacturer detail together with 'OS/997 and Binocular Prismatic No.5 Case MK 1' and '1944' date. The case is undamaged with all stitching intact. Price for this nicely marked pair of WW2 tank binoculars & case includes UK delivery. Sn 10780
225.00

BATTLE OF BRITAIN ERA, MATCHING NUMBERS, Cased, WW2 1940 British Anti Aircraft (A.A.) / Close Range Attack, Verifying Camera By Houghton Butcher Manufacturing Co E17 (London) With Type II 10 1/2" Lens, Serial Number 738 & Accessories. Sn 10782 - 10782
Little is known about these cameras. During WW2 Anti Aircraft personnel would have used these portable still cameras to verify/ identify types of enemy aircraft and confirm hits on targets. RAF aircrews would have used them to verify strikes during close range attacks. This is a superb, rare complete example with accessories. The camera comprises a steel cased camera fitted with a Type II 10 1/2" lens with hinged lense protector and cable wired steel pistol grip with wood scales and adjustment arms with Bakelite ball ends. The case of the camera has it's model and type detail together with serial number '738' (illustrated) all highlighted in original white paint. The camera and accessories retain all of their original grey paint covering. Accessories include, adjustment tools, spare spring, spare film holder and spare reflector lense. The camera is complete with it's original wood transit case with hinged lid, clasp fasteners and rope carry handle. The interior of the case has compartments for the camera and it's accessories. The interior of the lid has it's original stamped steel instruction plate. The bottom of the plate has the manufacturer detail and '1940' date as can be seen in image 2 (The Battle Of Britain was fought between Summer & Autumn of 1940). There is also an old contemporary auction label 'S&H Lot 156'. The exterior of the case has reinforced riveted steel corner protectors and it retains most of it's original green/grey paint. The exterior lid of the case is stencilled with original markings 'AA Verifying Camera' and with matching serial number '738'. We have not tested this camera but it is undamaged and appears fully functional. Price for this piece of early WW2 dated history worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 10782
450.00

British WW1 1918 Brass Trench Periscope By R&J Beck Ltd With Screw off Wood Handle. Sn 10743 - 10743
An excellent British WW1 Brass Trench Periscope. The scope measures 23" 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 faintly stamped and dated by the manufacturer 'R&J Beck Ltd 1918'. It is also stamped with number '23747'. The brass scope retains some of it's original brown paint. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 10743
475.00

WW2, Nazi German 7 X 50 Magnification, Armoured Kriegsmarine / U Boat Binoculars By Carl Zeiss, Jena (blc) With Leather Neck Strap. Sn 10705 - 10705
These are an excellent original pair of Nazi German, 7 X 50 Magnification, Kriegsmarine / U Boat Binoculars. The Binoculars have a black textured finish, with adjustable eyepieces. The body of the binoculars have lanyard bars with original leather neck strap attached. All optics are good 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 'blc' which is Carl Zeiss, Jena together with serial number (all illustrated). The binoculars are complete with their Bakelite eye piece cover embossed ' Benutzer'. As is common with these binoculars the rubber cord that attaches Benutzer cover to the body of the binoculars has perished but this could easily be replaced. Price for this excellent set of Kriegsmarine / U Boat Binoculars includes UK delivery. Sn 10705
1,495.00

Cased, WW1 Era British Officer's Military Marching Compass By Negretti and Zambra London To Colonel W.J. Mc Whinnie (17th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers) With WW1 Era Brown Leather Case & Lanyard. Sn 10635. - 10634 - 10634
The London firm Negretti and Zambra (N & Z active 1850 to C1935) was a photographic studio and producer of optical and scientific instruments. Henry Negretti and Joseph Zambra formed a partnership in 1850, thereby founding the firm which would eventually be appointed optical instrument makers to Prince Albert, the Royal Observatory and the British Admiralty. The firm received the Highest Awards at all the international Exhibitions at which they showed their instruments. During WW1 the firm was almost entirely engaged on work for the Ministry of Munitions on the production of various instruments. In 1916 a Lt Col W J McWhinnie is recorded as being in command of the 17th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers. During WW1 as part of the 35th Division, the 17th Lancashire Fusiliers engaged in many actions on the Western Front including; 1916, The Battle of Bazentin Ridge, The fighting for Arrow Head Copse, Maltz Horn Farm, and Falfemont Farm. The pursuit of the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line, The fighting in Houthulst Forest, The Second Battle of Passchendaele. 1918, The First Battle of Bapaume, The Battle of Ypres, The Battle of Courtrai, The action of Tieghem. The 17th ended the war in Belgium. This is a an excellent fully functioning WW1 British Officer's Military Compass By N & Z to Col. McWhinnie. It has a brass case and is mounted with lanyard ring. The glass face and numbered brass outer ring are perfectly in tact. The lid is stamped by the manufacturer (illustrated). The rear of the case is engraved 'Colonel W.J. Mc Whinnie'. It is complete with brown leather case with hinged top and buckle fastener. The case is fitted with lanyard. Price for this nice WW1 cased piece of equipment worthy of futher research includes UK delivery. Sn 10634
325.00
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