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Cased, Victorian British 4 Draw Gentleman’s Leather Bound Lacquered Brass Telescope Inscribed ‘Arthur Cartwright 1873 ‘ & ‘G.G.P Heywood 1894’ With Extending Sun Visor Cover. Sn 14982 - 14982
This is an excellent British Victorian Telescope with sliding sun visor. It is made of leather covered black lacquered brass. The brass is inscribed ‘Arthur Cartwright 1873 ‘ & ‘G.G.P Heywood 1894’. A paper label acquired with this piece reads ‘Inscribed Arthur Cartwright 1873 & G. Heywood 1894. Heywood lived at Tickwool Hall Shropshire & Gave these items to Andrew Palmer in early 20th C (Heath Gardeners son)’. The label accompanies the instrument and is worthy of further research. The eye piece has a small brass, sliding aperture cover. Fully extended the telescope measures 31 ¼”. It is complete with its original leather carry case with shoulder strap and adjustment buckle. All optics of the telescope are excellent and function as they should. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14982

WW2 1943 British ME Co (Mills Equipment Co) Panoramic Power 3 Field Optical Machine Gun Sight. Sn 15020 - 15020
This is an original WW2 dated panoramic optical machine gun sight. It is fully functioning with calibrated adjustment dial. Constructed of brass and steel it retains its original finish and has manufacturer detail, 1943 date and optics information (all illustrated). The sight has its original rubber eye piece which is removable and has service wear. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 15020

Transit Cased British WW1 1917 Vickers Ltd / W. Ottway & Co Ltd Ealing (London) No.17 Artillery Gun Or Mortar Optical Sight. Sn 15021 - 15021
This WW1 black painted brass instrument is for artillery guns and mortars. It is in excellent condition and in its original fitted wood transit case. The instrument which measures 5½” overall length is fully functional and has crisp manufacturer marks, designation and serial number (all illustrated). It has a removable brass eye protector cap. The instrument retains its original black paint finish. Its original wood transit case has a hinged lid and clasp fastener. Internally the case has contoured fixed wooden blocks which fit the instrument snugly. The price for this cased WW1 artillery / mortar Instrument includes UK delivery. Sn 15021

WW2 1943 Dated British WD Director’s No.7 MK II** Brass Artillery Battery & Machine Gun Emplacements Aimer’s Sight By WW With Original 1944 Wood & Brass Extendable MK 2 Tripod By P.B & S Ltd. Sn 14812 - 14812
These instruments were used during WW2 to direct the fire of Artillery Batteries & Machine Gun emplacements. Our example is WD and date marked as per the images together with model designation and manufacturer mark ‘WW’ which is also illustrated in the images. The optics function as they should. The brass casing of the sight is clean and undamaged and it retains its original rubber eye cup and graduated dials. Its original tripod has brass fittings, extendable legs adjusted by brass brackets on each leg. Each leg has a spiked brass ‘foot’. A brass plate on one leg is stamped with manufacturer, model and date detail (illustrated). The legs have a riveted webbing retaining strap with buckle which secures the legs together for transit. The sight is secured to the tripod by a brass screw bolt with wing nut. Un-extended with sight attached, the piece measures 45” height. Extended for use it measures 78” height. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14812

Inter War 1924 Dated & WW2 British WD Director’s No.7 MK II Artillery Battery & Machine Gun Emplacements Aimer’s Sight By Cooke Troughton & Simm With 1937 Dated No.6 & 7 MK II Stand/ Mount By Kershaw & Son With WD WW2 1940 MK 1 Case By Forbes. - 14459
These instruments were used in the inter World War years and WW2 to direct the fire of Artillery Batteries & Machine Gun emplacements. This variant would be mounted to a flat surface such as a table top and used to calculate range & direction of fire. Our example is cased, WD, manufacturer and date marked as per the images. The optics would benefit from a clean. The brass casing of the sight and stand retain their original green paint and graduated dials. The leather fitted case is clean and intact. The lid is stamped with manufacturer detail and Director’s MK 1 designation together with 1940 date and WD arrow as per the images . The inside of the case has its original paper instruction and components label (illustrated). The case is fitted with its original leather shoulder strap. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14459

WW2 Era French Ministry Of War Military SRPI GT-6 Micro Grades Extendable Trench Periscope With Original Hard Leather Case Marked ‘P58 2 Komp’ (2nd Company). Sn 14678 - 14678
This is an original WW2 era French Ministry of War extendable trench periscope. It is in excellent condition with fully functional graduated optics. It measures 16” closed, with handle folded and 27 ½” extended . The alloy metal work retains its original green paint. It has a Bakelite eye piece adjustable for focus and folding wood handle. The periscope tube is marked There are no signs of damage or repair. The periscope is marked ‘MG’ (Ministère de la Guerre) above number ‘19849’. It is also marked ‘RD 52686’,‘GT-6 Micro Grades’ and ‘SRPI’. The periscope is complete with its original sturdy brown leather fitted carry case. The scope fits snugly into the case which has a full hinged lid with side mounted sprung retaining strap. The rear of the case has 2 belt loops. The front of the case has original period white paint letter and numbers ‘P58’. There is also contemporary ink hand written ‘2 Komp’ (2nd Company). The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14678

LARGE, British WD Boer War & WW1 Era Leather Covered Brass Military Telescope By T. Cooke & Sons Ltd London & York With Original WD Brass & Oak Extendable Tripod. Sn 14431 - 14431
T. Cooke & Sons was an English instrument-making firm, headquartered in York. It was founded by Thomas Cooke by 1837. By 1855 Thomas Cooke had built a factory at Bishophill in York. The firm built the clock face on the Darlington clock tower. Following the death of Cooke in 1868, the business was continued by his sons. In 1914, a new factory was built in Bishophill. In 1915 Vickers acquired a controlling stake in the company.In 1922 Vickers merged it with Troughton & Simms to form Cooke, Troughton & Simms. In 1924 the company became a wholly owned subsidiary of Vickers. This is a large original Boer War & WW1 era British War Department Telescope by T. Cooke & Sons. The heavy brass instrument is undamaged and retains its original leather covering which is stamped with WD arrow. It also has removable leather lens cover caps joined by leather straps with buckles and leather shoulder strap. One side of the telescope has a brass adjustment dial. All optics are fully functional and have recently been serviced and cleaned. The underside of the instrument has 2 screw thread bolts with screw caps for mounting to its tripod. Near to the eyepiece, the draw of the telescope is stamped with crisp manufacturer detail and WD arrow (illustrated in image 2). Fully extended the telescope measures 49 ½” length. The instrument comes with its original brass and Oak tripod which has adjustable legs. The brass legs have spiked ends and have original green paint. The top of the tripod has the correct blackened brass mounting bracket with correct screw holes for the instrument’s screw bolts which fit perfectly. The mounting bracket is stamped with WD arrow and struck out number (illustrated in image 2). The tripod stands 53 ½” tall when fully extended. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14431

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

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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