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WW2 Nazi German, Winter/ Russian Front (Blue Cross) Dienstglas (Service Glass), 7 X 50 Magnification, German Infantry Officer's Binoculars By Carl Zeiss, Jena (blc) With WW2 1944 Case. Sn 10400:9 - 10400:9
An original pair of WW2 Nazi German, Dienstglas (Service Glass), 7 X 50 Magnification, Infantry Officer's Binoculars & case. The binoculars have undamaged adjustable Bakelite eyepieces. The body of the binoculars have lanyard bars and they are fitted with original thin leather neck strap and leather tab for attachment to Uniform. All optics are good and function as they should. The right shoulder of the binoculars are crisply stamped 'Dienstglas 7x 50' and with serial number '43999'. It is also stamped with the code 'blc' which is the Nazi wartime code for Carl Zeiss, Jena together with a blue ‘+’ which indicates that the lenses were treated to withstand temperatures down to -40° for cold climate use such as Winter or use on the Russian front. They are contained in their fitted sturdy black leather 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 leather shoulder strap. The body of the case near to the rim is faintly Waffenamt, WW2 dated which appears to be '1944' together with 3 letters which are unreadable, no doubt a Nazi manufacturer mark. Price for these nicely marked Nazi Binoculars in their WW2 dated case, includes UK delivery. Sn 10400:9
£895.00

IMPRESSIVE, LARGE, C1850 Cased, British Improved Navy Brass & Leather Harbour Master’s & Customs Telescope By Mills 49 Southampton Street Pentonville London With Original Teak Tri-Pod & Accessories. Sn 11086 - 11086
In 1844 Robert Mills began business at 49 Southampton Street, Pentonville Road, London making high quality telescopes and other optical instruments. The business was continued by his wife Harriet and his young sons after his death until at least 1861. In 1873 The business was sold to Alexander Thomas Clarkson and was listed as 'Clarkson, A., 49 Southampton street, Pentonville. In 1892 Robert Henry Broadhurst went into partnership with Clarkson and in 1915 the business was listed at Farringdon Road and beacame the famous 'Broadhurst, Clarkson and Co, telescope makers'. The company produced very high quality astronomical telescopes from 2-inch to 6-inch (5cm to 15.2cm) in diameter. During WWI, between 1914 and 1918, as part of the war effort, the company set up further telescope factories in Watford, and a lens-making facility in central London producing optical instruments for the British War Dept. This is an impressive British Improved Navy Brass & Leather Harbour Master’s & Customs Telescope by Mills of 49 Southampton Street Pentonville with original Teak tri-pod, case and accessories made C1850. The optics of the telescope are excellent and clear. It has a 3” diameter objective lens with its original protective brass cap. When mounted in its extended position it is 59” in length. The telescope is leather bound and retains its original illustrated signals chart. The brass draw of the scope is beautifully engraved near to the eye piece ‘MILLS (MAKER) 49 SOUTHAMPTON ST, PENTONVILLE, LONDON, IMPROVED NAVY’. The telescope is mounted on its original heavy Teak and brass tripod. When extended the tripod is 44” between each foot and it holds the telescope by means of a bracket at 64”. The telescope rotates freely 360 degrees and focuses easily. When not in use the telescope fits into it’s original heavy wooden locker which has contoured wood blocks to fit the telescope and accessories which include, spare lenses, tubes, a brass compass with hinged lid and lanyard ring by ‘Gorchfock Hamburg’’ and a brass wall spike which enables the scope to be mounted for use without tripod. The case has a hinged lid, brass hook fasteners and carry handles. This full size, Coastal telescope complete with case, tripod and accessories is a must for any serious collector of Optical instruments. Delivery of this large item within the UK will be arranged at cost. Sn 11086
£1,250.00

RARE, Cased WW2 German MG34/42 Machine Gun Section & Artillery Rkr 31 RICHTKREIS 31 Aiming Circle Optical Sight/ Firing Predictor For Directing Multiple Guns With Original WW2 1942 Dated Instruction Booklet. OPT 816 - OPT 816
This instrument is known as a Richtkreis 31 (Rkr 31) and is termed an aiming circle. It was used with both artillery and fixed-mounted machine guns (MG-34/MG-42) to measure horizontal and vertical angles in preparation for indirect fire, e.g. over a hill or onto a reverse slope. The sight was fitted onto the standard German army wooden optic tripod rather than gun mounted to allow the user to predict and direct fire of multiple guns. The sight’s periscope is fitted to the aiming circle body by means of a dovetailed slide. Its function is merely to raise the line of sight, it has no magnifying power. The telescope has an adjustable focusing eyepiece, with a leveling bubble on top. To the left of the telescope is a spherical level by which the head can be leveled. The graduated angle-of-sight mechanism can be rotated and the traversing mechanism is graduated. The instrument & periscope bear the maker’s name Hildebrand Wichmann Werke, Freiberg =SA and it retains it’s original green paint finish. The periscope is numbered 89427 and the aiming circle 89438. The instrument is accompanied by its excellent undamaged original 87 page instruction booklet in German text. The booklet is illustrated with diagrams & photographs and obviously covers all aspects of construction and use of the instrument. The booklet’s grey cover is dated ‘1942 Berlin’. The Aiming Circle, Periscope and Booklet are all contained in their original wooden transit case which is divided internally into 2 sections. The case with hinged lid has steel riveted reinforced edges and riveted steel strap rings to 2 sides. The lid has a sprung steel securing strap with small webbing tab. The steel strap locks onto a small lug on the body. The front of the case has a hinged section with hook fastener which opens to provide storage for accessories in the lower section of the case. The top of the lid is marked ‘Rkr.31’ in stencilled white paint. The inside of the top section of the case has 2 steel plates marked ‘Ausblick’ and Vor Einsetzen des Rkr. Magnetnadel festlegenl’ there is also hand written ink lettering ‘A6EVT1U2/X1’. The top section has a fixed bcentral post to support the aiming circle and a steel frame section to support the periscope. Internally the lid also has a wooden block covered with webbing material with 2 press stud fasteners. The block has a series of holes which contain 4 bulbs of different sizes. Price for this rare cased WW2 Optical Instrument includes UK delivery. OPT 816
£975.00

WW2 British No.5 MK 5, x7 Prismatic Anti Aircraft & Coastal Artillery Binoculars & Early WW2 1941 No.5 MK 1 Leather Case By Papworth Industries. Sn 11094 - 11094
These are an excellent original cased pair of British WW2 No.5 MK 5, x 7 Prismatic Binoculars. Introduced in 1943, these binoculars were issued to Anti Aircraft & Coastal Artillery Units (see page 151 of A Guide To Handheld Military Binoculars By Rohan). The binoculars measure 7" X 8" and have a black textured stipple finish, with adjustable eyepieces. The body of the binoculars have lanyard bars. 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. 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, leather shoulder strap with brass buckle & leather carry handle. The top of the lid is impressed with manufacturer detail ‘Papworth Industries’ together with 'OS/997 and ‘Bino Prism No.5 Case MK 1' and '1941' date. The front of the case is stamped with WD arrow. The case is undamaged with all stitching intact. Price for this nicely marked pair of WW2 binoculars & case includes UK delivery. Sn 11094
£245.00

Early WW2 Nazi German, Cold Climate (Blue Dot) Winter/ Russian Front Dienstglas (Service Glass), 10 X 50 Magnification, German Infantry Officer's Binoculars By Carl Zeiss Jena With WW2 1944 Nazi Marked Case. Sn 10400:8 - 10400:8
An original pair of WW2 Nazi German, Dienstglas (Service Glass), 10 X 50 Magnification, Infantry Officer's Binoculars & 1944 Nazi marked case. The binoculars have a black textured finish which indicates early WW2 manufacture ( 1944 and 1945 models were usually manufactured with a grey or smooth finish, see page 117 of Military Binoculars by Rohan). The binoculars have adjustable Bakelite eyepieces. The body of the binoculars have lanyard bars and they are fitted with original thin leather neck strap. All optics are good and function as they should. The right shoulder of the binoculars is crisply stamped 'Dienstglas 10x 50', serial number '2163409' and H/6400 (refers to reticle scale graduated in mils). The left shoulder is stamped with the manufacturer’s cartouche ’Carl Zeiss Jena’ together with a blue dot which indicates that when manufactured they were greased for cold climate use. They are contained in their fitted sturdy black leather 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 leather shoulder strap. The body of the case near to the rim is Waffenamt.’WaA14’ and dated 1944. The case also has an unreadable 3 letter Nazi manufacturer code. Price for this excellent set of nicely marked Nazi Binoculars in its WW2 dated Nazi marked case, includes UK delivery. Sn 10400:8
£795.00

WW2 Nazi German, Winter/ Russian Front (Blue Cross) Dienstglas (Service Glass), 10 X 50 Magnification, German Infantry Officer's Binoculars By 'beh' ( Ernst Leitz, Wetzlar) With WW2 1942 Case. Sn 10400:6 - 10400:6
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 indicates early WW2 manufacture (1944 and 1945 models were usually manufactured with a grey or smooth finish, see page 117 of Military Binoculars by Rohan). The binoculars have undamaged adjustable Bakelite eyepieces. The body of the binoculars have lanyard bars and they are fitted with original thin leather neck strap. All optics are good and function as they should. The right shoulder of the binoculars are crisply stamped 'Dienstglas 10x 50' and with serial number '419889'. It is also stamped with the code 'beh' which is the Nazi wartime code for 'beh' which is Ernst Leitz, Wetzlar together with a blue ‘+’ which indicates that the lenses were treated to withstand temperatures down to -40° for cold climate use such as Winter or use on the Russian front. They are contained in their fitted sturdy black leather 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 leather shoulder strap. The body of the case near to the rim is waffenamt ‘WaA14’ and dated 1942 together with 3 letters which are unreadable, no doubt a Nazi manufacturer mark. Price for this excellent set of nicely marked Nazi Binoculars in its Nazi marked WW2 dated case, includes UK delivery. Sn 10400:6
£595.00
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