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Early 20th Century, Cased, British J. Halden & Co Manchester & London Brass 2 Draw Telescope with Period Wood Desk / Table Stand. Sn 14978. - Sn 14978
J. Halden & Co. Ltd were producers of a range of drawing and surveying instruments and other office materials and had offices at 8 Albert Square, Manchester, London, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, with their manufacturing base at Rowsley Works in Reddish, Stockport. The business was started by Joseph Halden in partnership with A.G. Thornton in 1878 as a wholesale drawing material importer and mounting paper manufacturer. However, by the 1880s, A.G. Thornton had left the business and moved to his own premises which were based on Deansgate. The company continued producing optical instruments through both World wars and into the 1960’s. The companywas finally taken over in 1969 by the Ozalid Group, which was started as part of the German company Kalle in 1928. This is a very good cased table telescope by J.Halden & Co made in the early 20th Century with original period wood Table clamp / stand. The optics of the telescope are excellent and clear. When mounted in its extended position it is 28 ¾” in length. The brass telescope has a copper sun shade and sliding protective cover on the eyepiece. The scope is crisply engraved near to the eye piece ‘J.Halden & Co Manchester & London’. The stand has a turn screw fitting which attaches securely to the edge of a table or desk. The top of the clamp has a steel wing nut and screw which can be tightened as desired to direct the telescope vertically. The top of the wood clamp fits snugly into the brass mounting bracket of the telescope. When attached to the clamp the telescope rotates freely 360 degrees. When not in use the telescope and stand fits into its wooden case with hinged lid fixed carry handle and hook fasteners. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14978.

WW2 1943 U.S. Military M12A2 Panoramic Artillery Gun Telescopic Sight. OPT 793. - OPT 793
This original U.S. Military, M12A2 Artillery Gun Sight is undamaged and in fully functional order with good optics which give a clear panoramic view with range grid. Made in America by M.L. Co in 1943 this item retains most of its original green paint. The sight is complete with its original mounting bracket and numbered adjustment dials. The body of the sight has model, date and manufacturer's detail stamped in white paint ' TELESCOPE PANORAMIC MI2A2 N0. 7269 W.P.B M.L. CO1943'. Price includes UK delivery. OPT 793.

**SCARCE** Officer's 1939 Pattern 1940 dated Leather Binocular Case and 1944 R.E.L. (Canadian Research Enterprises Ltd) WD 6 X 30 Magnification Binoculars With Neck Strap. OPT 833 - OPT 833
These are a cased pair of WW2, 1944 dated, 6X30 magnification, Officer’s binoculars in their original 1940 Dated 1939 Pattern Fitted Leather Hard Case. The Binoculars are 4 ¾” length & have a black textured finish, with adjustable Bakelite eyepieces. The body of the binoculars have lanyard bars & are fitted with the correct original leather neck strap. All optics are excellent and function as they should. One shoulder of the binoculars is marked with WD arrow C.G.B 53 G.A 6x30 38360-C, the other Graticule ½ o apart and ¼ o, ½ o, 1 o high R.E.L. Canada 1944 (Canadian Research Enterprises Limited (REL). This short-lived Toronto-based Crown Corporation manufactured electronics and optical instruments during World War II for the War Department). The 1939 pattern brown leather fitted case has a brass belt bar riveted to the rear and a retaining strap with brass press stud fastener that secures the lid. The edges of the case are reinforced by rows of brass rivets. The inside of the case is lined to protect the instrument. The base of the case has ink date stamp ‘1940’ and 3 other indistinct letters or numbers which can be seen in the images. All leather, stitching and rivets are clean & intact. The price includes UK delivery. OPT 833

SOLD SOLD (20/11) *Quality* ‘1973’ British Army Issue Swift Instruments Mark II Telemaster Model No. 841 15x-60x, 60mm Zoom Spotting Scope with Original Tripod and Hard Case. OPT 832. - OPT 832
Swift 841 Telemaster 15-60 x magnification, with fingertip controls for the 14-lens optical system facilitates variable magnification from 15 times to 60 times closer. 60 mm objective lens with cap, with built in sun shield, 1.5 kg in weight, length:18” with 15 mm eye relief, giving a telephoto capability equivalent to conventional lenses up to 4,000 mm focal length, the mounting base is threaded and this model is attached to its original tripod. Made in Japan, these scopes were British Army issue during the 1970/80’s. This example has lost its black coating on the sun visor, and has a few other scars which add to its patina. The original tripod is supplied with the scope (which is rare) and also has some of its olive drab paint missing. The scope (with lens caps) and tripod come in its original hard case which is in good condition. The price includes UK delivery. OPT 832. (Store shelf)

WWI British Officers Trench Periscope by ‘R & J Beck’ Dated 1917.19807. - 19807
Trench warfare is a type of land warfare using occupied fighting lines largely comprising military trenches, in which troops are well-protected from the enemy's small arms fire and are substantially sheltered from artillery. Periscopes were used to survey the surrounding area, although they were prone to being damaged by rifle fire. This R & J Beck WWI trench periscope is undamaged. The main shaft has lost some wear due its age and use. The wooden removable handle is in very good condition, as are the lenses. 59 ¼ cm in length. UK delivery is in included for this lovely piece of history. 19807.

British WW1, 1918 Dated, Military Carl Zeiss, London Ltd., 6X Magnification Binoculars With Neck Strap and Fitted Leather Hard Case To R.W.Leckie. - OPT 830
These are a cased pair of WW1, 1918 dated, British 6X magnification, military binoculars in their original leather case which is stamped to R.W Leckie, R.G.A. (Royal Garrison Artillery). The Binoculars are 4” in length & have a black textured finish, with adjustable eyepieces. The body of the binoculars have lanyard bars & are fitted with the correct leather neck strap. All optics are excellent and function as they should. One shoulder of the binoculars is marked BINOCULAR, PRISMATIC Mo3 (MARK I) MAGNIFICATION 6 No 11359. The other shoulder is marked GRATICULES ½ o and ½ o, 1 o and 1 ½ o high. There is also the monogram of CARL ZEISS (LONDON) LTD and the date 1918. The front of the prism blocks have double WD arrows engraved on them together with the name R.W.LECKIE engraved on one of them. The brown leather fitted case had a carrying handle on the lid together with a spring loaded fastening fastener to secure the case. The top of the case is stamped CASE No 3 PRISMATIC BINOCUSAR MARK I J.B. BROOKS & Co Ltd 1916. Stamped to the other side of the carrying handle is the name R.W LECKIE, R.G.A. (Royal Garrison Artillery). All 5 carrying loops for the shoulder strap are fitted to the cade and all o the stitching is intact. The price includes UK delivery. OPT 830

**MINT**UN-ISSUED**BOXED**WW2 Era Military Type British Barr & Stroud Ltd London & Glasgow CF37 10X50 Magnification, Large Central Focusing Prism Binoculars With Neck Strap, Original Mint Fitted Leather Hard Case & Illustrated Instruction Pamphlets. - 19786
These are a near mint original boxed & cased pair of WW2, British CF37 10X50 Magnification, Military Type Binoculars. The Binoculars are 9 ¾” in length & have a black textured finish, with adjustable eyepieces. The body of the binoculars have lanyard bars & are fitted with the correct leather neck strap. All optics are excellent and function as they should. One shoulder of the binoculars is crisply marked '10 x CF.37 Barr & Stroud Glasgow & London'. The binoculars are Serial No. 125053. The Binoculars are contained in their mint condition fitted sturdy tan leather hard case with hinged lid. The lid of the case has its original sprung fastener and the body has its original strap studs. The fitted case is lined with padded felt to protect the binoculars and is complete with shoulder strap. The inside rim of the lid has ink stamped manufacturer detail which can be seen in the images. The cased binoculars come in their original Barr & Stroud labelled cardboard retail box. The box contains a Barr & Stroud labelled cardboard wallet which contains, as new condition, illustrated instructions for use and cleaning instruction pamphlets. The price for this mint set includes UK delivery. Sn 19786

Victorian Era British Dollond London 3 Draw 'Signallers' No10029 Brass Telescope with Interchangable Eye Piece Lens and Hard Leather Case. OPT 829 - OPT 829
This is a three draw signallers telescope by ‘Dolland London No 10029’. These telescopes came with two eye pieces, a high power at 30 diameters and a low power at 15 diameters. Size: closed: 10.25" open: 30.5". Although it doesn't have any war department stamp indicating it was official issue, it certainly is made to the same specifications and was likely a private purchase item for someone who was not entitled to an issue one. 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. The lenses are crack free and the leather has a nice patina and the stitching is in place *the buckle strap to the spare eye piece case is in used condition* the leather shoulder as strap isn’t present. Overall a very nice telescope from a very good manufacturer. The price includes UK delivery. OPT 829.

1986 British SUSAT, 4 x Magnification Sight Unit For British Infantry SA80 Rifles With Mount & Rail. Sn 19421 - 19421
The Sight Unit Small Arms, Trilux, or SUSAT, is a 4× telescopic sight with tritium-powered illumination, utilised at dusk or dawn. The sight is not designed as a sniper sight, but is rather intended to be mounted on a variety of rifles and to be used by all infantrymen. SUSAT is the primary sighting system for the British Army's SA80 series weapons and L108 and L110 light machine guns. Illustrated is an SA80 rifle mounted with a SUSAT sight. The Optics of this Susat with military post reticle are excellent and fully functional. The rubber eye cup is complete and undamaged. The underside has an identification plate marked 'AVL REG No 018123’' and date '1986'. The Unit is complete with its correct rail and mount. The sight with rail attached measures 6” x 3 ¼” x 2” The price includes UK delivery. (NB The SA80 rifle illustrated in the images is not included) Sn 19421

19th Century Single Draw Leather bound Brass Telescope. OPT 828 - OPT 828
A single draw hand held telescope, made in the style of the distinctive ‘British Naval Officer of the watch’ telescopes. A classic naval telescope, the main barrel of brass construction covered in its original brown leather stitched cladding which is in good condition with unbroken stitching with only a few areas of scuffing. All lenses are clean and free from any damage, producing a clear and sharp image. There is an integral dust cover in the eyepiece and a sun shield at the lens. 25” fully extended and 18 ¼ “when closed. The price includes UK postage. OPT 828.
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