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WW2 1943 British ME Co (Mills Equipment Co) Panoramic Power 3 Field Optical Machine Gun Sight. Sn 15020 - 15020
This is an original WW2 dated panoramic optical machine gun sight. It is fully functioning with calibrated adjustment dial. Constructed of brass and steel it retains its original finish and has manufacturer detail, 1943 date and optics information (all illustrated). The sight has its original rubber eye piece which is removable and has service wear. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 15020
£275.00

Transit Cased British WW1 1917 Vickers Ltd / W. Ottway & Co Ltd Ealing (London) No.17 Artillery Gun Or Mortar Optical Sight. Sn 15021 - 15021
This WW1 black painted brass instrument is for artillery guns and mortars. It is in excellent condition and in its original fitted wood transit case. The instrument which measures 5½” overall length is fully functional and has crisp manufacturer marks, designation and serial number (all illustrated). It has a removable brass eye protector cap. The instrument retains its original black paint finish. Its original wood transit case has a hinged lid and clasp fastener. Internally the case has contoured fixed wooden blocks which fit the instrument snugly. The price for this cased WW1 artillery / mortar Instrument includes UK delivery. Sn 15021
£195.00

Original, WW1 Era British F. Duerr & Sons Manchester Patent Lifeguard Collapsible, Concertina Folding Trench Periscope. Sn 14988 - 14988
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 which are both embossed on one side with F. Duerr & Sons name, Manchester S.W. address and model designation ‘The Lifeguard patent Periscope’ within Shield. The original glass viewing panes within the frames are undamaged (if a soldier broke the viewing glass the company would replace both for a cost of 1 shilling & 6 pence). The metal work retains much of its original black paint finish. The periscope functions as it should. The price for this interesting WW1 trench warfare instrument includes UK delivery. Sn 14988
£275.00

WW1 1917 British No. 7 Mk II Dial Sight R & J Beck Ltd London Mounted On Later Wood Plinth. Sn 15022 - 15022
This is an original WW1 British No.7 Mk II, optical dial sight. These sights were used on 13 pdr and 18 pdr Field guns for both indirect periscope sighting and for direct line of sight. It is fully functioning with calibrated adjustment dial and turning handle. Constructed of brass and steel it retains its original finish and is marked ‘Dial Sight No.7 Mk II R & J Beck’ together with ‘1917’ date and serial number 19188. The sight is mounted for display on a later removable wood plinth. The sight including plinth measures 10 1/2" height. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 15022
£245.00

SOLD SOLD (12/04) LOFT FIND, MINT, Transit Cased WW1 German 77mm Field Gun (Whiz Bang) Artillery Optical Periscope Dial Sight By C.P Goerz Berlin. Sn 15031 - 15031
This brass and steel instrument for German 77mm Field guns known as ‘Whiz Bangs’ by allied troops is in near mint condition no doubt as it has been stored for many years in its original fitted transit case. The instrument which measures 10 ½” overall length is fully functional and has crisp manufacturer, designation and calibration marks (all illustrated). The instrument retains its original black and red paint finish. Its original steel transit case has a hinged lid and clasp fastener. Internally the case has contoured fixed wooden blocks which fit the instrument snugly. The top of the case has carry strap bars and is numbered ‘385’ in original yellow paint. The case retains much of its original green paint. Price for this cased WW1 artillery Instrument includes UK delivery. Sn 15031
£0.00

British WW1 1917 Brass MK VIII Brass Trench Periscope By R&J Beck Ltd With Screw off Wood Handle. Sn 15089 - 15089
An excellent original British WW1 Brass Trench Periscope. The scope measures 23” overall with handle attached 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 crisply marked by the manufacturer 'R&J Beck Ltd’ and dated ‘1917'. It also has serial number '0242' and model designation ‘MK VIII’. The brass scope retains its original olive green paint. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15089
£295.00
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