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Cased, Victorian Era British Dollond London 4 Draw Mahogany & Brass Telescope With Removable Brass Lens Protector Cap & Hard Leather Case. Sn 13704 - 13704
For a time in the eighteenth and nineteenth century the word 'Dollond' was almost a generic term for telescope rather like 'Hoover; is to vacuum cleaner. Genuine Dollond telescopes were considered to be amongst the best. Peter Dollond (1731-1820) was the business brain behind the company which he founded in Vine Street, Spitalfields in 1750. In 1752 he entered into a business partnership with his father John (1706-1761) and the shop was relocated to a position under the sign of the Golden Spectacles and Sea Quadrant in Exeter Exchange, off The Strand. Dollond & Co merged with Aitchison & Co in 1927 to form Dollond & Aitchison, the well-known high street chain of opticians. They no longer manufacture but are exclusively a retail operation. This is an excellent 4 Draw Telescope. By Dollond London in the form popular in the Victorian era. It is made of mahogany covered brass & is nicely stamped ‘Dollond London’ near to the eye piece. The telescope measures 42 ¼” fully extended and 11 ¼” closed. The eye piece has a sliding shutter cover and the telescope has a removable brass lens protector cap. It is complete with its original leather carry case with buckle and loops for attachment of shoulder strap. This telescope has recently been cleaned and serviced. All optics of the telescope are excellent and function as they should. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13704
£275.00

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
£295.00

MATCHING WW1 DATES 1915 British WD Officer’s 6x Magnification Prismatic No2 MK II Field Binoculars By Ross London & 1915 WD Leather Case With Shoulder Strap. Sn 13768 - 13768
These are a nice original cased pair WW1 British WD Military 6x Magnification Field Binoculars. The binoculars measure 6 ¼” width X 4 ½” height and have a black textured finish, with adjustable bakelite eyepieces. The body of the binoculars have lanyard bars. All optics are good and function as they should. The left shoulder of the binoculars is stamped with model designation and serial number. The right with 1915 date and manufacturer detail (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 loops. The lid is impressed with WD arrow, 1915 date and model designation together with ‘ John & Bennett Green’ (all illustrated) . The case is undamaged with all stitching intact. Price for this nicely marked pair of WW1 binoculars & case includes UK delivery. Sn 13768
£245.00

WW2 1942 New Zealand Made British WD Stand Instrument No 21 MK V Artillery & Sniper Observer’s Brass & Wood Tri-Pod For The Spotting & Sniper’s Telescope. OPT 831 - OPT 831
This is an original WW2 dated Observer’s tri-pod. These tri-pods were for the spotting & sniper’s telescope. The wood legs have metal conical spiked feet and the tri-pod retains its original green paint. One leg has 2 steel rings for carry strap (strap absent). The brass clamp mount with wingnut has a ‘WD arrow’, model designation on one side and on the other side ‘NZ (New Zealand) Made’ and ‘1942’ date (all illustrated in image 2). The tripod is 37” overall length. The stand comes with its original wood block secured by string to protect the clamp in transit. Price includes UK delivery. OPT 831
£295.00

British WW1 1918 MK IX Brass Trench Periscope By R & J Beck Ltd With Screw off Wood Handle. Sn 13683 - 13683
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 which screws out to focus and all optics function as they should. The frame is stamped and dated by the manufacturer "Periscope MK IX 1918 R&J Beck Ltd No 27140". Richard Beck and his brother Joseph Beck were both London apprentices in the mid 1800's. Smith Beck & Beck was established in 1865, and became R & J Beck Ltd in 1894. The Beck brothers were highly skilled instrument makers, and soon became known as one of the leading makers of microscopes, before adding telescopes and lenses to their accomplishments. By the end of the 1880s they had more than doubled their capacity to meet the demands of the home and overseas market. Beck used the trade name Cornex, taken from their address at Corn Hill, London. The brass scope retains about 90% of it's original brown paint. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13683
£325.00

Quality Victorian British Midshipman’s 4 Draw Wood Covered Brass Naval Telescope With Lens Cover By E&E Emanuel, Portsea. Sn 13489 - 13489
This is a quality Victorian Midshipman’s Telescope which has recently been professionally cleaned. It is made of brass cased in wood. All optics of the telescope are perfect and function as they should. The scope has a removable brass lens protector cap. The scope is 8” in length when closed and 29” extended. One draw is engraved with manufacturer detail and number ‘7570’ (illustrated In Image 2). Price includes UK delivery. Sn 13489
£295.00
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