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**AS FOUND UN-MESSED WITH**Cased, WW1 Era Imperial German Army Officer’s, Fernglas ’08 (Model 1908), 6 X 39 Magnification, Binoculars By E. Leitz Wetzlar With Neck Strap. Sn 20565:10 - 20565:10
These are an original cased pair of WW1 era German, Fernglas 6 X 39 Magnification Infantry Officer's Binoculars in as found un-messed with condition (see page 20 of Military Binoculars & Telescopes For Land Air & Sea Service by Seeger). The binoculars have a field green finish with adjustable eyepieces. The body of the binoculars have lanyard bars fitted with original leather neck strap. All optics are excellent & function as they should. The binoculars are stamped 'Fernglas 08', together with the manufacturer's name ‘E. Leitz Wetzlar’ and number ‘52271’ (illustrated). The binoculars are contained in their fitted sturdy leather case with hinged lid. The case is missing its shoulder strap with just remnants riveted to the sides of the case. The rear of the case has belt loops. The case is also missing part of its lid fastener attachment. The inside of the case has original paper Fernglas ’08 instructions in German text. The leather has some flecks of paint adhered most likely from storage in a garage, workshop or loft. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 20565:10

**QUALITY**Inter War German Voigtlander "Panskopar" DRP(Deutsches Reichtspatent / German Empire Patent) 4 ½ to 7 ½ Magnification Sniper’s Telescopic Sight. Sn 20518 - 20518
This is an excellent original Inter War German Voigtlander (Voigtlaender u. Sohn AG, Braunschweig) "Panskopar" 4 ½ to 7 ½ Magnification Sniper’s Telescopic Sight. The sight is undamaged & has maker and graduation markings. It is numbered 40715 and is marked "DRP” (Deutsches Reichtspatent / German Empire Patent). All optics of the sight with cross hair reticule are in perfect working order (cannot take image of reticule). The scope measures 33cm overall length. The price for this quality German made sniper sight includes UK delivery. Sn 20518

*Near Mint* WII Third Reich Model AK39 German Luftwaffe Pilot's Liquid Filled Wrist Compass. Sn 20514. - 20514
This is a near mint original; WWII liquid filled arm compass issued to German Luftwaffe Pilots. It is complete with its original leather strap with metal buckle for wearing on the wrist with Flight suits. The rear of the Compass is clearly stamped with model detail ' AK39, FI 23235-1'. It also has serial/stock code number '3023916' (all illustrated). The compass functions as it should. Made of black Bakelite it features 360 degree markings on the face. The price for this original Luftwaffe item includes UK delivery. Sn 20514.

**MATCHING DATES**Cased, WW1 1915 British WD Officer's Verner's Pattern MK VII Military Marching Compass By ‘T.Cooke & Sons Ltd’ & WD Brown Leather Case By JB Brooks & Co Ltd. Sn 20368:9 - 20368:9
Colonel William Willoughby Cole Verner was born in 1852 and commissioned into The Rifle Brigade in 1874, retiring in 1904. He served on the staff in the Egyptian campaign of 1884-85 and during the Boer War. He died in 1922. During his career Verner patented several marching Compass designs. Whilst the basic prismatic compass design has its origins in Schmalcalder's patent of 1812 (Patent No 3545), Verner's Pattern is a significant development. Verner's Patents were all pocket compasses. Model numbers were issued to his compasses starting with a Verner's Pattern V with developments through to the VII, VIII and the IX of WW2. Verner's Pattern compasses are both incredibly popular with collectors as well being a compass that can still be practically and easily used today. The most common models are the Verner's Pattern VII and Verner's Pattern VIII which were mainly used during WW1. Their basic construction is a prismatic dry card compass with a both a momentary bearing lock and transit lock. This is an excellent original example of the MK VII. It is fully functioning. It has a brass case and is mounted with lanyard ring. The glass face and numbered brass outer ring are perfectly intact. The lid is stamped 'Verner's Pattern VII'. The rear of the case is stamped with WD arrow, ‘T.Cooke & Sons Ltd’ together with '1915' date and 'no.16327'. It is complete with original brown leather case with hinged top and buckle fastener. The case with hinged lid has its original leather strap with buckle. The case has a hand applied number ‘3’ and is impressed by the maker JB Brooks & Co Ltd’ together with 1915 date and WD arrow. All leather and stitching of the case are clean & intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 20368:9

Transit Cased Inter War & WW2 Era German Wehrmacht Hensoldt Wetzlar Rundblickfehrnrohr 32, Rbl.F. 32 4 x Magnification Panoramic Optical Gun Sight. OPT 794 - OPT 794
Moritz Hensoldt, born in 1821, is the founder of the Hensoldt line. In 1852, he established a small optical company in Sonneberg, Thuringia, which relocated to Wetzlar, Hesse, in 1865. Since then Hensoldt has been a vital part of the centre of optics and precision mechanics in Wetzlar. The Company made binoculars, rifle scopes and other optical Instruments for the German army through both World Wars. This is an original Rbl.F32 optical sight for Artillery Guns & Tanks. It is a 4-power, fixed-focus type with a field of view of 10 degrees. The steel & brass sight retains all of its original green paint. It has the correct graduated dials. The optics work perfectly and have the correct graduated reticule (illustrated in a copy of a diagram in image 1). The body has identification markings ‘Rbl.F32’, ‘Nr7’ and Hensoldt Wetzlar’. It also has Numbers ‘346137’, ‘M. H/6400’ and ‘KF’ (Kalt Felt indicating Cold weather lubrication). 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. The case retains its original green paint. The price includes UK delivery. OPT 794

Korean War Era British Paratrooper’s Wrist Compass. Sn 20338 - 20338
This is an original, WW2 wrist compass. These instruments were issued to British paratroopers. It is complete with its webbing strap with metal buckle for wearing wrist (one end of the strap is frayed with service use. The rear of the Compass is clearly stamped with No. 4642/B. The compass has a flip open lid with internal mirror. The compass functions as it should. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 20338

Cased, British WW1 & WW2 Era No.14 TPL MK 4 Brass Trench Periscope By R & J B (Beck Ltd) With Screw Off Wood Handle. Sn 20324 - 20324
An excellent British WW1 & WW2 Brass Trench Periscope with original case. The scope itself measures 17” overall without handle and is 29” overall with its screw off wood handle attached. It has an adjustable graduated eyepiece with Bakelite eye cup. All optics function as they should. The scope has its original leather lens cover attached to the frame. The frame is crisply marked 'Periscope No.14 TPL MK 4 OS 1427 GA R&JB (Beck Ltd) 9329'. The brass scope retains its original green paint. The scope is contained in its original hard fibre fitted case which has a padded hinged lid, webbing strap fastener with brass buckle and webbing shoulder strap with brass buckle. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 20324

Barr & Stroud Ltd – Rangefinder – Model AP-10080 in its Original Hardwood Case. 20323. - 20323
A rangefinder uses two eyepieces and relies on the operator's visual cortex to merge the two images into a single picture. A reference mark is separately inserted into each eyepiece. The operator first adjusts the direction of the range finder so that the fixed mark is centred on the target, and then the prisms are rotated until the mark appears to overlap in the operator's combined view. The range to the target is proportional to the degree of rotation of the prisms. The range finder was manufactured by Barr & Stroud Ltd under a British WD contract for WWII and is contained in its purpose built Barr & Stroud internally padded stowage box *damage to one end of the box*. The green leather bound unit with grey metalwork is in very good condition for its service. There are two brass plaques on the rangefinder; French & Dutch Patterns and Barr & Stroud Glasgow Ltd London. The webbing shoulder strap, eyepiece and other original accessories are included in the box. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 20323.

C1943 WW2 Era Nazi German 'blc' Carl Zeiss Jenna. DAK (Deutsches Afrikakorps) 12 X 60 Magnification Flak / Rangefinder Farbglaser Binoculars For Tripod Mounting. Sn 20226 - 20226
These are an excellent original pair of 12 X 60 Magnification DAK (Deutsches Afrikakorps) 12 X 60 Magnification Flak / Rangefinder Farbglaser Binoculars For Tripod Mounting which were introduced C1943 (see page 226 of Fernglaser Und Fernrohre by Seeger). These are large, heavy binoculars (17” length x7”width x6” depth). The binoculars have their original sand colour finish indicating desert / tropical DAK use. The casing has the correct broad red band, possibly an aid to correct mounting and stowage. The instrument has coated optics. For adjustment of interocular distance there is a lever under the left ocular that causes rotation of a circular plate. Connectors for the desiccating apparatus are fitted to the left side of the body marked ‘trockenluft (air dry). It has a swing down sunshade swung down in front of the objecives by a lever on the side of the instrument. It has coloured glass filters (farbglaser), an adjustable rubber face shield and Bakelite rain cover for the oculars retained by a webbing strap with metal clip. The instrument has an identification plate ‘Rm-F 12x60 fur Em4mR40’ and Nazi German manufacturer code ‘blc’ which is Carl Zeiss Jenna and green cross mark. Serial number 239185 is stamped on the underside of the body. The optics function as they should. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 20226

Cased, WW2 British WD RAF MK 4, 5x Magnification Prismatic Aircraft/ U-Boat Spotting Binoculars. Sn 16785. - Sn 16785
This is an original and early production pair of WW2 RAF issue prismatic Airfield/ spotting binoculars. The MK 4 binoculars were built by Ross under a Royal Air Force contract and were introduced in 1941. They have excellent optics pre-adjusted to infinity for persons with normal sight. The "B" marking on right shoulder indicates that he 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. They are also marked 'MK4' and serial number '8811' This is a fixed focus aircraft spotting binocular. It is reported that these instruments were used by observers in Beaufighters and other night fighters during WW II for reconnaissance including U-boat spotting. This explains the purpose of the large rubber eye shields which would be helpful in maintaining night vision (The rubber eye shield should be one piece however the shield on our example has at some time in its life become detached in the centre creating 2 separate eye shields which are firmly attached to the eyepieces). For reference see the book ‘Military Binoculars & Telescopes For Land, Air & Sea Service’ by Seeger, page 214. The binoculars measure 8 ¾” height including eye shields x 7” width. The binoculars are complete with their original webbing neck strap and lined RAF blue case. The lined hardboard case has a hinged lid and webbing straps. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16785.
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