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WW2 British Combined Operations / Commandos ‘Water Tight’ WD Marked Brass & Bakelite Galilean Construction A.P. 12115, 2 ½ x 38 Magnification Binoculars & Integral Oil Cloth Case With ‘Newey’ Press Stud Fasteners. Sn 11823:3 - 11823:3
A nice unusual original pair of British Combined Operations A.P. 12115, 2 ½ x 38 Magnification Binoculars (see page 27 of ‘Fernglaser’ by Seeger). These small 3 ½” tall binoculars have a brass bending bar, plastic lenses and bakelite body, eye cups, focus mounts and lanyard bars fitted with webbing neck strap. Unusually the focus is adjusted by rotating the mounts at the front of the binoculars. These binoculars were made water tight (we have not tested the water resistance of this set) and were issued to Combined Forces including British Commandos during 1944 & 1945. They are described in a Royal Navy Gunnery Manual as Admiralty Pattern (A.P) 12115 and were issued with an integral oil cloth carry case. It is rare to find a pair of these binoculars with the original case (a pair of these binoculars without carry case is illustrated on page 27 of Seeger’s book). The bar of the binoculars has a small War Dept arrow stamp (illustrated inset in image 2). The binoculars have their original black oil cloth folding carry case which is attached to the binoculars by a retaining strap with press stud fastener to ensure the case was not lost when in combat. The case folds to the underside of the binoculars when in use and is secured in place by another ‘Newey’ press stud ( image 1 shows the binoculars ready for use with case secured, image 2 shows the case closed in carry position). The inside of the case has printed instructions for use which can be seen in image 3. The case has just scuffing consistent with service use but all material, stitching and Newey stud fasteners are present and intact. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 11823:3
£275.00

WW2 RAF & Paratroopers WD Marked Brass Galilean Construction Fixed Focus Model V.F. 2506, 2 ½ x 50 Magnification Binoculars & 1945 WD Marked Leather Case By JBB. Sn 11823:2 - 11823:2
A nice cased pair of Fixed Focus Royal Air Force & Army V.F. 2506 Binoculars (see page 148 of Rohan’s Book ‘A Guide To Handheld Military Binoculars’ & Page 28 of ‘Fernglaser’ by Seeger). These small 4 1/4" tall binoculars were used by the RAF for one handed use by aircrew and from 1944 by British Paratroopers. They are brass Galilean construction coated with black textured paint. They have Bakelite eye cups, excellent optics and lanyard bars. The frame of the binoculars have a War Dept arrow stamp, number ‘8872’ and model designation ‘V.F 2506’. They are contained in their original brown leather fitted case with hinged lid which has a single retaining strap with buckle & adjustable shoulder strap with buckle. The top of the lid is crisply impressed by the manufacturer ‘JBB' together ‘1945' date WD arrow and ‘Binocular 2 ½ x 50 10* Field Cat No V.F. 2506’. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 11823:2
£195.00

MINT, WW2 WD RAF Marked Airfield Control Tower MK IV, 5x Magnification Fixed Focus Airfield Tower/ Aircraft Spotting Binoculars With Rubber Eye Guard & Webbing Neck Strap. Sn 11823:1 - 11823:1
This is an original near mint pair of WW2 RAF issue Airfield/ spotting binoculars. They have excellent 5x magnification optics. The "B" marking on right shoulder indicates that the optics are "bloomed", i.e. coated, and the marking War Dept arrow with "6E/383" is a Royal Air Force stores code for this type of instrument (see page 150 of Rohan's book 'A Guide To Handheld Military Binoculars'). They are also marked 'MKIV' and serial number '6409' (all markings are illustrated). This is a fixed focus aircraft spotting binocular. MK IV binoculars were built by Ross London under a Royal Air Force contract. This pair has the correct alloy body with black textured paint and is complete with original webbing neck strap and correct rubber eye guard. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 11823:1
£175.00

MINT CASED WW2 Nazi German 7 X 50 Magnification Kriegsmarine Binoculars By Ernst Leitz, Wetzlar (beh), Kriegsmarine Marked Case. Sn 11869 - 11869
These are an original, near mint, cased pair of Nazi German, 7 X 50 Magnification, Kriegsmarine Binoculars. The Binoculars have a black textured finish, with adjustable Bakelite eyepieces. The body of the binoculars have lanyard bars fitted with leather neck strap. 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 'beh' which is Ernst Leitz, Wetzlar, highlighted in original yellow paint, together with serial number ‘463566’. The binoculars are fitted with rubber shoulder armour with hinged lens covers. The Binoculars are contained in their fitted sturdy black leather case with hinged lid. The lid has its original sprung fastener and the body has its original single stud fastener. Internally the case has 2 small leather press stud fastening pockets to hold additional lens covers. The case is fitted with shoulder strap. The front of the body is impressed with the Kriegsmarine Nazi Eagle with Swastika & letter ‘M’ (Marine). Price for this excellent near mint set of nicely marked Kriegsmarine Binoculars & Case includes UK delivery. Sn 11869
£745.00

VERY RARE, Cased WW2 C1939-1940 Vickers Heavy Machine Gun Optical Lensmatic No 2 MK 1 Dial Sight With Correct Levels. OPT 821 - OPT 821
Before the outbreak of WW2 British machine gunners were equipped with range finders to calculate range. In 1939 MK 1 & MK II dial sights were introduced. Each dial sight was fitted with a lensmatic sight, MK 1 and II sights were replaced by MK III sights in 1940 (see page 518 of The Grand Old Lady of No Mans Land by Goldsmith). Located on the rear left side of the gun, the introduction of dial sights replaced the deflection bar fore sight. This is an original very rare Vickers Heavy Machine Gun Optical Lensmatic No 2 MK 1 Dial Sight in its original steel transit case. The sight has the correct steel, alloy and brass construction with calibrated dials and correct lensmatic sight. The sight has the correct model designation stamps (illustrated) and is serial number 18811941. It is contained in its original steel transit tin with hinged lid and webbing shoulder strap. The case has original white paint stencilled lettering ‘BOX DIAL SIGHT VICKERS MG’ and retains much of its original green paint. The lid of the case is fitted with 2 steel and brass levels for the sight. Both are marked ‘ LEVEL EMERGENCY MG DIAL SIGHT MK 1 ‘ and ‘JWH above V’. The case also contains the sight's steel level with glass bubble Marked 'LEVEL CHECK MG'. The sight functions perfectly. Price includes UK delivery. OPT 821
£1,200.00

WW2 Nazi German 6 X 30 Magnification Kriegsmarine Binoculars By Busch Rathenow and Case. OPT 819 - OPT 819
These are an excellent original cased pair of Nazi German, 6 X 30 Magnification, Kriegsmarine Binoculars. The Binoculars have a black textured finish, with adjustable Bakelite eyepieces. The body of the binoculars have lanyard bars and are fitted with original leather tab for uniform attachment. All optics are excellent and function as they should. One shoulder of the binoculars is crisply marked '6 x 30 ' (Magnification) and ‘Solluxon’ with Number ‘Nr 331164’. The other bears the Nazi German WW2 manufacturer's detail Busch Rathenow together with ‘Opt 017’ and Kriegsmarine Eagle with Swastika all highlighted in original white paint (all illustrated). The Binoculars are contained in their fitted sturdy black leather case with hinged lid. The lid of the case has its original sprung fastener and the body has its original single stud fastener. The case is also fitted with shoulder strap. Price for this excellent set of nicely marked cased Kriegsmarine Binoculars, includes UK delivery. OPT 819
£475.00
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