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WW1 1918 Dated British Brass ‘Donkey Ears’ B.O. Forward Observation / Trench Telescope Of 1915 With Original Brass & Wood Extendable Tripod. Sn 14458 - 14458
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. One of its 2 the Bakelite eye cups are absent. All optics are fully functional. The casing is fitted with leather covers secured by leather straps. The end of one strap has perished but could easily be repaired. 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 which has adjustable legs. The metal legs have spiked ends and have original green enamel paint. A removable webbing strap secures the legs together for transport. The top of the tripod has the correct graduated brass turn table. The tripod stands 5’4” tall when fully extended. The binoculars are fitted to the tripod by a brass lug which slots into a hole in the instrument. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14458

NEAR MINT, WW2 Era / Post 1943, British John Lilley & Gillie North Shields Royal Navy Midshipman’s Single Draw Naval Telescope With Extending Sun Cover & Sliding Eye Piece Shutter. Sn 14501 - 14501
In 1812, John Lilley, aged 24, founded John Lilley and Son in London. John Lilley is recorded as being an optician and the company manufactured nautical instruments, magnetic compasses, sextants and telescopes. In 1885 John Wilson Gillie founded Wilson & Gillie in North Shields as Admiralty chart agents and magnetic compass and nautical instrument makers. Over the years John Wilson Gillie patented many improvements to the magnetic compass and binnacle. In 1913 the two companies merged, and in 1943 were renamed as John Lilley & Gillie Ltd. After over 200 years in business, John Lilley & Gillie Ltd continue to manufacture quality Naval magnetic compass outfits. This is a near mint, British Royal Navy Midshipman’s Telescope made by Lilley & Gillie. It is made of nickel or chrome plated brass & bound in brown leather. All optics of the telescope are excellent and function as they should. The scope has an extendable sun shade, and eye piece with sliding shutter. The scope is 17 ¼” in length when closed and 25 ¼” extended. The draw is engraved with manufacturer detail (illustrated In Image 2). The telescope has a leather lens protector cover secured to the frame by a leather strap and tab. The price for this quality telescope includes UK delivery. Sn 14501

Original, WW1 British Royal Flying Corps RFC / RNAS Pilot / Observer Brass Cased Creagh-Osborne Wrist Compass By Hughes & Son London With Original Leather Wrist Strap. Sn 14399 - 14399
Captain Frank Osborne Creagh-Osborne, Royal Navy, (1867/1943) was Superintendent of Compasses with the British Admiralty and inventor. His various inventions were built by H. Hughes & Son Ltd, Dent & Co, Johnson Ltd, Sperry Gyroscopes Co. & other British Companies. This is a rare example of the Creagh-Osborne Wrist Compass made by H. Hughes & Son London. The blackened brass body is 2 ¾” diameter and 1” deep. It has the correct tilting face with white highlighted numbers and directional letters and white painted metal pointer. The glazed face is undamaged and it has the correct hinged magnifying viewer. The rim of the case is crisply marked ‘Creagh-Osborne Compass’ & ‘H. Hughes & Son London’. The compass is fitted with its original leather wrist strap with buckle. The compass functions as it should. The price for this original scarce RFC piece includes UK delivery. Sn 14399

WW1 1916 – 1918 Imperial German Army NCO’s 6 X 39 Magnification Fernglas Model 08 Field Binoculars By Voigtlander Braunschweig & Leather Case Impressed Berlin. Sn 13905 - 13905
These are an excellent 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 blue /grey finish with adjustable eyepieces. The cast body of the binoculars have lanyard bars. The adjustment dial is crisply marked with manufacturer and model detail together with number ‘No.186’ (illustrated). The hinge has matching number ‘59186’. All optics are excellent and function as they should. The Binoculars are contained in their fitted sturdy brown leather hard case with hinged lid rear belt loops 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 case has a small impressed stamp ‘Berlin’ and the inside of the lid has its original paper instructions label with printed German text (all illustrated). Price for this excellent set of nicely marked German NCO’s WW1 Military Binoculars, includes UK delivery. Sn 13905

CAPTURED, WW2, Nazi German Armoured, U-Boat Turret, 'U-Bootglas' 7x 50 Binoculars By Carl Zeiss, Jena (blc) In The Original Wooden Container In Which They Were Found When The U-Boat Was Broken Down For Salvage In Belfast At The End Of WW2. Sn 13151 - 13151
In early 1943 the Nazi German Command, introduced the 'U-Bootglas' 7x 50, Armoured, U-Boat Turret, Binoculars (see pages 377/8 of Military Binoculars & Telescopes By Seeger). These Binoculars are a fine original example which were recovered, in their original wooden container, from a captured U-Boat at the end of WW2 while the U-Boat was being broken down for salvage at Belfast at the end of WW2. The Binocular's armoured body has its original correct light green finish and have cast lanyard bars. The lenses are protected by heavy duty rubber shrouds with hinged rubber lens covers. The right shoulder under the rubber shroud is crisply stamped by the lense manufacturer’s Nazi German Wartime code 'blc' which is Carl Zeiss, Jena, together with 7x50 (magnification) & Number '54499'. These binoculars were originally issued without carry cases and in transportation crates of 10 for use by U-Boat crews. This pair of binoculars were recovered from the U-Boat in the accompanying open top wooden box. The inside and top edges of the box is lined with leather secured by nails. The edges of the leather have some service wear consistent with age and use. The wood is undamaged and the back aspect has 2 drilled holes for mounting, no doubt for convenient access in the turret area. All optics are excellent. Price for this piece of U-Boat history includes UK delivery. Sn 13151

MATCHING MANUFACTURER, WW1 & WW2 Era U.S. Army Signal Corps 6 x Magnification 30mm Aperture Prism Stereo Field Binoculars & Leather Case With Integral Compass By Bausch & Lomb Rochester New York USA (Inventor’s Of Ray Ban Brand Sunglasses) . Sn 13769 - 13769
Bausch & Lomb of Rochester NY USA began making Binoculars for the American Army & Navy C1912 (see page 57 of the book Military Binoculars & Telescopes For Land, Air & Sea Service by Seeger). The company developed their famous Ray-Ban brand of sunglasses for pilots in 1936. The company is still in existence today. These are a nice original cased pair WW1 & WW2 U.S. Army Signal Corps Field Binoculars by Bausch & Lomb. The blackened brass and alloy binoculars measure 6 ¼” width X 4 ½” height and have a brown textured finish to the body, with adjustable bakelite eyepieces. The body of the binoculars have lanyard bars fitted with original brown leather neck strap. All optics are good and function as they should. The shoulders of the binoculars are stamped with manufacturer and magnification roundels (illustrated). The front of the frame has ‘U.S. Army Signal Corps’, ‘6E/360’ & serial number ‘EE280212’ (all illustrated). They are contained in their fitted hard body brown leather case with hinged lid and single sprung retaining strap. The case is fitted with leather shoulder strap and rear belt loop. The lid is impressed with number ‘6E/ 361’. The inside of the lid has the Bausch & Lomb manufacturer roundel. The exterior of the lid has its original factory applied fully functioning compass with Bakelite rim. The compass has Bausch & Lomb manufacturer detail on its face (illustrated). The case is undamaged with all stitching intact. Price for this nicely marked pair of U.S. Signal Corps binoculars & case with integral compass includes UK delivery. Sn 13769
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