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Mid 19th C 3 draw mahogany banded  telescope

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19th century 3 draw mahogany banded marine telescope, engraved JOHN GALLETTI, 24 ARGYLL ARCADE, GLASGOW. This maker was working at the above address from 1851 to 1894, and I would date this style of telescope to around 1860. A comfortable size telescope, measuring 8" closed and 26" extended including sun/dew hood, with an objective lens diameter of 40mm, giving a sharp clear image of around 20x magnification, all lenses free from damage.
In very good condition all round, the mahogany barrel in particular has a wonderfully rich patination and the draw action is smooth. Incorporates a swivel shutter for the eyepiece, and a brass cap for the objective glass. Great telescope to use!

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19th century 4 draw marine telescope by J T Slugg Manchester

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A late Victorian 4 draw leather clad marine telescope, signed 'J.T.Slugg, 214 Stretford Road, Manchester' on the first draw.
The optics are in fine condition and protected by a brass end cap for the 35mm visible diameter objective lens, with a swivel dust slide to the eyepiece. The image is really clear & sharp, and approximately 20x magnification.
Dating to the latter part of the 19th century, circa 1890, it's in very good condition all round, and the leatherwork cladding is also sound with no tears or fraying.
Measuring 6.75" closed, and 22" extended, this is a quality antique telescope, yet still very useable today.

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Large 3 draw field telescope by Broadhurst Clarkson

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This is a nice condition 3 draw leather clad field telescope by Broadhurst Clarkson, called the 'Tourist' and was based on the old War Office Signalling model.
With a large objective lens of 50mm visible diameter, giving a magnification of 25x it is ideal for stalking or spotting, and produces a sharp, clear image. All lenses are in good undamaged condition, and the telescope also disassembles easily for access to the internal lenses, enabling them to be cleaned in the field.
The leather covered tapered main barrel is in good sound condition with all stitching and seams intact, including the protective end caps, which are attached to the shoulder carry strap, although there is some light discolouration on a small part of the cladding.
Not only in good cosmetic condition, it's also free from any dents with a smooth draw action, and the draw tubes retain a large majority of their original non reflective coating.
Engraved ' Broadhurst Clarkson & Co Ltd, 63 Farringdon Road, London E.C' on the first draw, it
measures 10.25" closed, 31.5" open with sunshade extended, a quality telescope weighing just 1.2kg, and a pleasure to use.

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19th century 3 draw mahogany & brass telescope

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A nice example of a Victorian 3 draw medium size mahogany barreled telescope dating to around 1880.
All lenses are in good order, with a protective brass end cap for the main lens, a dust slide for the eyepiece, and the 35mm diameter objective lens produces a well focused image of approximately 15x magnification.
In good condition all round, the mahogany barrel in particular has a rich patination , and the dent free brass tubes also have a smooth draw action.
Although unsigned, this is a quality telescope, measuring 8" closed and 23" extended.

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19th century Naval telescope

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This is a fine example of a 19th century Naval telescope, which although a single draw has an additional pancratic tube to provide variable magnification in 3 stages of 16x, 19x & 23x. Whilst this is not uncommon for field telescopes, its very rarely found in Officer of the Watch style telescopes.
Although it is unsigned, the quality and build suggests it may well have been produced by one of the more recognised makers, possibly Elliott Bros who made a similar one for Prince Alfred (Queen Victorias second son) around 1876 which now resides in the National Maritime Museum.
The tapered main barrel is covered in its original dark brown leather stitched cladding, and the draw tube and fittings are silvered brass, all of which are in excellent cosmetic condition. The only blemish is some deformity around the rim of the eyepiece cup, but this does not affect the use or performance of the telescope.
All lenses are clean & free of any damage, with an image which is very clear and sharp through the 42mm visible diameter objective lens, this is protected by a removable end cap whilst the eyepiece has an integral swivel dust cover.
A classic maritime telescope from the latter part of the 19th century, it measures 20" closed, 29" fully extended with sliding sun shade and weighs 800 grams.

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3 draw pocket telescope, Lennie Edinburgh

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19th century 3 draw leather clad marine pocket telescope signed Lennie, Edinburgh. The optics are in fine condition and protected by lens end cap with dust slide to the eyepiece, image is clear & sharp. In good condition all round, no dents, it measures 6.75" closed and 17" extended, with an objective lens diameter of 35mm.

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Large Broadhurst Clarkson 4 Draw telescope

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Mint condition 4 draw leather clad field telescope by Broadhurst Clarkson. This tapered barrel telescope is really in top condition, and has obviously had very little use. Optically perfect, it has 4 levels of magnification, 25-30-35-40. Covered in a rich tan colored leather, it retains its original end caps and is in superb condition with all stitching intact, even the leather strap is like new. Engraved on the second draw ' Broadhurst Clarkson & co Ltd, 63 Farringdon Road, London E.C.' Measures 10 3/4" closed, 34 1/2" open with sunshade extended. This is a quality telescope in as fine a condition as you will find anywhere!

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3 draw ships telescope by Chadburns of Liverpool

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3 draw leather clad ships telescope, signed Chadburns Ltd, Liverpool. Dates to around 1900, of blackened brass construction with original stitched black leather covering on the object barrel. The telescope is in good condition all round, and has a nice smooth draw. Lenses are also in good order, free from chips, scratches or fungus, and produces a bright clear image. Measuring over 31" fully extended, and 9.5" closed, 45mm objective lens with sliding sunshade. Well made, quality telescope in full working order, with sliding shutter on eyepiece.

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Ross single draw naval telescope

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A genuine Ross Naval telescope engraved 'Pattern 373, ROSS LONDON, No 84195'.
With all the Ross reproductions on the market at the moment, its refreshing to find the real thing in such nice condition. A single draw design made from nickeled silver brass, the tapered barrel is clad in a rich brown, stitched leather covering, which is still in very good condition, save for a few small ink stains. Dating from the 1920's, this is a quality scope with a powerful 45mm diameter objective lens, producing a strong, clear image. Protected by a lens cap and a swivel dust slide to the eyepiece, its in excellent condition with a smooth, firm draw action. Measures 17" closed and 27.5" fully extended with sliding ray shade.

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WW2 Scout regiment telescope with case

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Scout Regiment telescopes are becoming increasingly difficult to find in acceptable condition, but this particular example is in good order, and made by Broadhurst Clarkson, its a 3 draw scope with a 22x magnification, engraved 'TEL. SCT. REGT. MK. II s, B.C Ltd & CO, 17203, O.S. 126. GA. ' on the first draw, it also has the military arrow.
It has clear, undamaged optics with a 2" objective lens, giving a sharp clear image and the stitched leather cladding is also in sound condition.
The brass draw tubes still have a smooth action, with only one or two very minor dings, and the eyepiece still has its original swivel dust cover which incorporates a green coloured light filter.
It also comes with its original separate hard leather case which is also in good condition, although the small buckle leather retaining loop has a tear in it but is still in one piece, (See photo)
Measuring just over 10" closed and just under 32" fully extended including sunshade, it weighs 1.3kgs and 1.6kgs with its case, making it an ideal field telescope for stalking or spotting. Please note there is no shoulder strap with the case.

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Large 40x variable magnification  field telescope

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This is a powerful 3 draw leather clad field telescope by Broadhurst Clarkson, and is the larger model of the Pancratic Tourist range., enabling the power to be increased at will from 25x to 40x in 4 stages of 5x.
The telescope body is of the tapered barrel type & covered in stitched Brown Calf which is in good condition and there are two protective leather end caps plus a shoulder carry strap.
Engraved 'Broadhurst Clarkson & Co Ltd, 63 Farringdon Road, London E.C', and measuring 10.5" closed, 34" fully drawn with sunshade extended, this is the largest version of the Pancratic Tourist range with an object glass visible diameter of 55mm, which delivers a first class, clear image.
The telescope is fully functional with clean undamaged lenses, and dent free tubes which have a smooth but firm draw action. It weighs just under 1.4kgand the cosmetic condition is very good, as can be seen from the photos.

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Vintage 3 draw variable power telescope by T Cooke & Sons  of York

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Here is a fine example of a variable power telescope by T Cooke & Sons of York.
A great telescope, combining medium size and low weight with exceptional power, by the use of a six stage push fit pancratic tube giving 25x, 30x, 35x, 40x, 45x, 50x, magnifications, yet measuring only 29" extended and 8.25" closed.
A powerful but compact 3draw field telescope ideal for use on the move, weighing in at under 700 grams, and an objective lens of 40mm in diameter.
As can be seen from the photos, the condition is very good all round, with all the stitching on the leather cladding intact, and the nickel plated draw tubes still retain a smooth yet firm draw action.
All lenses are in fine order, giving a clear and sharp image, and there is also a separate press fit cover to protect the objective lens, the eyepiece cup has a swivel dust cover. I've used the telescope myself on several occasions, and its a pleasure to use!

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View of telescope showing partially extended draw tubes

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Nice example of a traditional Marine telescope, engraved on the first draw 'Dolland, London, Day or Night' which has a mahogany barrel with 3 brass draw tubes.
It measures 36" fully extended with sun shade, 12" closed, and with sliding shutters at each end to protect the lenses.
Dating to around 1840, this telescope is in good cosmetic condition all round, the brass draw tubes have some usage wear and the odd minor ding, but still retain a smooth action.
Optically its performance is very good despite having a very small edge flake on the inner one of the two part 40mm objective lens, and the top eyepiece lens being a new replacement. (see photo)
However I must stress that this does not affect the image which is sharp & clear to around 20x magnification.
The mahogany barrel is also in excellent condition, no splits or gouges, all in all a quality telescope, still good for practical use as well as display.

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Vintage 2 draw field telescope

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Vintage 2 draw field telescope in fine condition, complete with its original leather covering and end caps. Engraved on the first draw ' The Comet (C & S) 20X, Newbold & Bulford Ltd, London, Made in England.'
The optics are in very good order, and the 40mm objective glass delivers a bright sharp image of 20x magnification. The general condition is excellent throughout, the two draw tubes are dent free, and still retain all of their original gunmetal finish for avoiding reflective glare when used in field stalking.
Measuring 25" fully extended with ray shade, 10" closed, and weighing just under 1kg makes this a very practical telescope for use on the move.

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Single draw Pattern 373 Naval telescope with case

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A classic single draw Naval Officer of the Watch telescope, engraved 'CKC, Pattern 373 No 1193' on the first draw, and also has the Canadian C military arrow.
Rarely do these come with a separate case, but this one still has its own stitched leather case, which is in good sound condition.
Measuring 17" closed and 26" fully extended, the powerful 42mm object lens delivers a really sharp, clear image of approx 18x , and this telescope is as practical today as when it was first made.
Made by the Canadian Kodak Company, these telescopes were specially constructed for Naval use and are very robust, with nickel plated draw tube and fittings. The main barrel is leather clad and in good sound condition with only minimal scuffing.
A swivel dust cover protects the eyepiece, and the main lens still has its push on nickel plated brass cover.

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WW2 era naval Officer of the Watch telescope by Ross London

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A classic single draw Royal Navy Officer of the Watch telescope engraved 'Pattern 373B, ROSS LONDON, No 88099, NPL 43.'
The 40mm objective lens delivers a sharp, clear image of approx 18x, and is free from any damage.
Ross were renowned for the quality of their telescopes, and it also has the National Physical Laboratory testing logo for the year 1943.
These telescopes were specially constructed for Naval use and are very robust, the condition being very good all round, and tubes free from any dents.
The main barrel is clad in a textured black resin finish for durability and better grip in wet weather, which is complete with no bare patches.
This particular model also has a diopter ring for pre focusing, and measures, 12.5" closed 23" fully extended with sliding hood extended. A great telescope for display or every day use with clear undamaged lenses, and weighing just under 800 grams.

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Six draw pocket telescope with case by J H Steward London

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This is a quite unique turn of the century 6 draw pocket telescope by J H Steward.
and is engraved 'J H Steward, 406 & 457 Strand, 7 Gracechurch St, London', on the first draw. Records show the Gracehurch St address was used between 1893 & 1905 so the telescope can be dated within quite a short time span.
Measuring only 4" (100mm) closed, the six draws extend to 15.5" (390mm) making it the ideal accessory for spotting on the move.
The cosmetic condition is excellent, having its original leather cladding which is in fine order, and it comes with its original velum covered card case, also in great condition.
Completely free of any dents or dings, the draw action is smooth yet still firm, and the nickel plating on the brass is in superb condition.
The optics are in good undamaged condition and protected by a brass end cap for the 25mm visible diameter objective lens, with a swivel dust slide to the eyepiece. The image is really clear & sharp, and focuses easily to a magnification of approximately 15x.
A compact yet powerful little telescope, not only great to use, but a fine example of a type that really does not come along very often.

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Impressive Dollond of London 3 draw field telescope

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A superb condition 3 draw leather clad field telescope engraved Dollond London with a pancratic tube giving 4 levels of magnification, 25-30-35-40. Covered in a rich tan colored leather, it comes with its leather end caps and carrying strap and dates to the second quarter of the 20th century. It's in excellent condition all round, with no dents, and the draw tubes still have the original bronze finish, with a smooth draw action indicating its probably not seen very much use.
The leather cladding, is also in fine condition as can be seen from the photos, and the large 55mm diameter objective lens delivers a clear sharp image. Measures 10.5" closed, 34" open with sunshade extended, this is an exceptional telescope ideal for stalking, and compares favourably to the modern stalking telescopes by Gray & Co which retail at over £800.

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WW2 Officer of the Watch telescope & tripod

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A classic Royal Navy Officer of the Watch telescope by W. Ottway, Ealing, London. This has got to be one of the most impressive telescopes of this era that I have come across. Super powerful 1.75" object lens delivers a wonderfully sharp, clear image. Complete with a Parker Hale tripod of the same period this telescope is as practical today as when it was made in 1940. Ottway are renowned for the quality of their telescopes, with each component numbered to the instrument. Along with the war department crowsfoot symbol, it also has the National Physical Laboratory testing logo for the years 1941 & 1945. The condition is excellent all round, with only minor scuffing on the stiched leather cladding. Dimensions, 16" closed 24" fully extended with sliding hood, tripod height 14". Protective leather end cap and eyepiece sliding shutter.
My grateful thanks to John who kindly provided me with some very useful background information on this type of telescope.

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Early single draw naval telescopeope

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A fine antique late 18th / early 19th Century single draw tapered barrel, naval telescope constructed in brass and leather clad mahogany, signed Spencer, Browning and Rust, London, - renowned optical instrument makers, working in London during 1784 -1840, signed on the eyepiece end barrel. The objective and eyepiece lenses are in good condition, being free of scratches, fungus etc, and are fitted with sliding dust covers. Objective lens measures 2" diameter. Overall length when fully extended measures 36". This important instrument is in excellent original condition with no discernable signs of excessive ware, such as dents scratches etc., and with the stitching intact to the leather cover. It comes complete with original leather-based canvas carrying case and shoulder strap.

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N & Z WW1 Tel Sig Mk IV, GS, telescope with extra lens

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A military 3 draw field telescope as used by signalling regiments during WW1. Made by Negretti & Zambra London, TEL. SIG. (Mk IV) ALSO G.S, No 15378. This is an impressive telescope, measuring 36" fully extended with sunshade, and 11" closed. The Tel Sig Mk IV obtained a good reputation among soldiers, especially snipers and observers, as the 'General Service' telescope of WW1. It comes with two eyepieces marked 'High' & 'Low', which give 30x & 15x power respectively, and the 60mm objective lens delivers a clear, sharp image. In exceptionally good condition all round, including the leather cladding and straps, the draw action is still firm and there are no discernible dents. A substantial telescope complete with its accessories, which will appeal to collectors of militaria, yet is still practical to use for field pursuits.

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Large 4 draw ships telescope

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This impressive 4 draw marine telescope dates to around 1830 and has has four draw sections extending to 36", and 10" closed. Although unsigned, its very similar in design to the Dollond models of the same era, and is also comparable in quality. The optics are in remarkably clean condition, and the powerful magnification and image clarity are first class. The main object lens is 50mm in diameter, with a barely visible edge chip on the inner lens, which in no way affects the image. It comes with its original leather protective case and also has a brass cover for the main objective lens, the eye-piece is fitted with a sliding shutter.
The main section is of a dark polished textured mahogany or rosewood, and is in superb undamaged condition. The brass sections slide smoothly, with just some normal usage wear and the occasional minor dint here and there.
This is a top quality instrument in good original condition which performs as well as it displays.

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WW2 Tel Sct Regts Mk II's telescope

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This is a fine example in very good condition, of the famous WW2 Scout Regiment telescope made by Broadhurst Clarkson, and is engraved ‘TEL. SCT. REGT. MK.II s B. C Ltd & Co. 12721, O.S.126.G.A.’ on the first draw, with the MOD broad arrow.
This particular model is a 3 draw scope with a 22x magnification and has good clean undamaged optics, with a 2" objective lens producing a clear sharp image.
The main tapered barrel is leather clad with all stitching intact, and only some minor scuffing.
The brass draw tubes still have a firm draw action and retain virtually all their black non reflective coating.
All lenses including internal ones are in good undamaged condition, and the eyepiece is protected by an integral swivel dust cover/sun filter.
The telescope comes with its own separate hard leather case, which as can be seen is in excellent condition with all stitching and buckle straps intact, although a previous owner has written the letter P in felt pen on various points of the case, but not too obtrusively.

Measuring just over 10" closed and 31.5" fully extended including sunshade, it weighs 1.2kgs and 1.6kgs with its case, making it an ideal field stalking telescope.

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3 draw field telescope by Dollond London - 30X magnification

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A powerful 3 draw tapered barrel field telescope, produced during the first quarter of the 20th century by Dollond of london. The large 60mm objective lens delivers a powerful 30X sharp, clear image, and all lenses are in good condition. Covered in a dark tan colored leather, with all stitching intact, it still has its original strap cleats ready to accept a carrying strap.it measures 11" closed, 36" open with sunshade extended. There are two minor dints on the first draw, but these do not affect the operation of the telescope. A powerful, high quality field telescope by a top maker, in full working order, and ideal for field stalking or casual observations.

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19th C Signed single draw telescope

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Superb 19th Century single draw telescope by Fay & Son, Southampton. Leather bound barrel, in very good condition all stitching intact, its overall length with sunshade extended is 38 1/2", closed 21". Objective lens 2", excellent optics produce clear powerful image, both ends protected with sliding shutters. Signed on draw tube 'Fay & Son, 90 High Street, Southampton, Day or Night'.
Nice smooth action, a great telescope in really nice clean condition.

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WW2 Spotting telescope W Ottway

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Officer of the Watch Naval telescope signed W. OTTWAY & Co Ltd, Ealing , London. Dated 1940 with broad military arrow, this is a leather clad single draw telescope, with extending sunshade and eyepiece sliding cover. Mainly nickel plated construction, no dents and exceptional optics, producing clear powerful image from 10mtrs to infinity. Similar to the sniper scopes used during WW2, this is a super telescope for field use, in good condition, leather cladding has some minor scuffing/shrinkage and stitching has deteriorated, but covering still firmly in place. No longer has the leather cap for the object lens or the stitched loop. Measures 16.5" closed, 23.5" extended.

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Dollond Signalling telescope

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Impressive 3 draw leather clad telescope signed Dollond London, SignallingTelescope, No 7947. Dating from the early part of the 20th century, this is a fine example from probably the most important instrument maker of the period. Covered in a rich tan leather, with barrel stitching intact, and in very good condition all round, no dents. It also comes with an additional eyepiece for low power in its own separate leather case, although the buckle straps are missing on this and the leather eyepiece cover. Measuring 32" fully extended, 10"closed, a superb telescope with sharp, clear undamaged optics.

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Early 19th C 3 draw telescope

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Signed in very old, hard to read script, Watkins & Varrien, St James's St LONDON, I believe this telescope dates to the beginning of the 19th century. Websters database shows an A W Watkins working at this address around 1808, but I cannot find any record for Varrien. I would welcome any information from fellow collectors! This mahogany and brass 3 draw telescope is in very good condition considering age, but a few minor dents here and there. Optically in good order no cracks or chips to lenses, nice clear image. The mahogany barrel is also in good condition, no cracks or splits, with a rich patination all round. Measures 23 1/4" when extended, 7 1/2" closed, object lens 1 1/2" diameter. No lens cover, but eyepiece still has its sliding dust cover. A real gem for the serious collector.

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Mid 19th century ships telescope by JP Cutts London

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A fine example of a 3 draw mahogany & brass Naval telescope, circa 1850 -1860. Although the actual makers name is not on the telescope, it has the trademark anchor logo of J P Cutts Sutton & Son London. This trademark logo is verified by reference to the National Maritime Museum online collection.
It measures 36" fully extended with sun shade, 12" closed, and sliding shutters at each end protect the 40mm objective lens and eyepiece. An antique telescope in very good condition all round, the brass draw tubes are in good order with no visible dents and still retain a smooth action, the mahogany barrel is also in very good condition with no splits or cracks.
Optically very good, all 5 lenses are undamaged, producing a clear image to around 15x - 20x magnification. Suitable for either display or regular use, not often that one finds these telescopes in such good condition.

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Powerful field telescope by Broadhurst Clarkson

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This is a powerful 3 draw leather clad field telescope by Broadhurst Clarkson, called the Pancratic Tourist, which is fitted with an additional Pancratic Draw Tube, enabling the power to be increased at will from 25x to 40x in 4 stages of 5x. This is a great advantage as objects not clearly seen can be readily observed with the 40x setting.
The telescope body is covered in stitched Brown Calf in very good condition save for a small area that has a slightly raised pimpled effect, which can just be seen in one of the photos. There are two protective leather end caps plus a shoulder carry strap, and the draw tubes are bronzed brass still retaining virtually all of their anti glare coating.
Engraved 'Broadhurst Clarkson & Co Ltd, 63 Farringdon Road, London E.C', and measuring 10.5" closed, 34" fully drawn with sunshade extended, this is the largest version of the Pancratic Tourist range with an object glass visible diameter of 55mm. which delivers a first class, crystal clear image.
The condition of this telescope is really very good as can be seen from the photos, is fully functional with clear undamaged lenses, and dent free tubes which have a smooth but firm draw action. It weighs just under 1.4kgs and is a great telescope to use for spotting or stalking.

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Powerful Parker Heston 2 draw spotting telescope

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This is a super 2 draw field telescope, combining medium size and low weight with exceptional power, by the use of a four stage pancratic tube giving 30x, 37x, 46x, 55x magnifications, yet measuring only 27" extended and 10.5" closed.
Engraved 'Parker - Heston, 30x-55x' on the first draw tube, I believe it was made by Parker Hale in conjunction with Heston Rifle club, originally founded in 1912, and today known as Heston & Hounslow Rifle Club.
Although originally designed for target spotting, it's a powerful but compact telescope which is also ideal for stalking, weighing in at under 900 grams, and an objective lens of 40mm in diameter.
The condition is very good with no dents on the tubes, and a nice smooth draw action. The leatherwork is also in nice condition, a few minor scuffs, but all stitching intact and no shrinkage. All lenses are in fine order, giving a clear image with good clarity from 5 metres to infinity, a joy to use!

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Dollond London, 3 draw field telescope

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A 3 draw field telescope made to virtually the specification as the Tel Sig series as used by signaling regiments during WW1. Manufactured by Dollond and engraved on first draw tube,' DOLLOND, LONDON', it comes with two interchangeable lenses marked 30x & 15x respectively.
This is an impressive telescope, measuring 36" fully extended with sunshade, and 11" closed, the 50mm objective lens delivers a nice sharp image. In good condition all round, including the leather cladding and sling strap, the only blemish being a straight shallow crease on the second and third brass draw tubes as can be seen in one of the photos, but its a cosmetic fault and does not affect the action or performance of the scope. All lenses are in good undamaged condition, this is a substantial telescope complete with its accessories, which is still practical to use for todays field pursuits.

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Early 19th century marine telescope signed Davis Cheltenham

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This is a top quality 3 draw marine telescope signed Davis, Cheltenham, who I believe was Edward Davis, working in Cheltenham circa 1833. The mahogany barrel is in excellent condition and has taken on a rich patination over the years. The brass draw tubes are in very good condition with only very minor dints, and slide smoothly with no wobble. All lenses are present, and free from any damage, producing a strong clear image. Dating to the first half of the 19th century, this telescope is stunning visually and complete in every detail with sliding protective shutters at both ends.
Dimensions are 11" closed and just under 36" fully extended with dew hood. 45mm diameter object lens.

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Classic 2 draw Library telescope by Aitchison London, circa 1900

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An impressive 2 draw lacquered brass Library telescope with a table top stand. Circa 1900, and signed 'AITCHISON, LONDON & PROVINCES, THE STUDENT'. Not only is this telescope visually stunning, but the optics are first class delivering a very powerful clear image, I would estimate magnification to be between 30x to 40x. Dimensions are 29" extended, 16" closed, and the height with tripod is just under 18", comes with brass end cap for objective lens, and swivel shutter for eyepiece. Not just a telescope ideal for regular use, but an item that will add style to any surrounding, and just think what a gift it would make for that special occasion!

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3 draw marine pocket size telescope

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19th century 3 draw mahogany banded marine telescope, dating to around 1860. A comfortable pocket size telescope, measuring just over 6" closed and 19" extended including sun/dew hood, with an objective lens diameter of 33mm, giving a sharp clear image of around 15x magnification, and all lenses are free from damage.
In good condition all round, the mahogany barrel in particular has a wonderfully rich patination , and the draw action is smooth. Incorporates a swivel shutter for the eyepiece, a great telescope to use or display.

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Mid 20th century field telescope by Charles Frank

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Here is a telescope that doesn't come around too often, made by one of the 20th century's most respected telescope makers, Charles Frank Ltd Glasgow, who sadly went out of business in 1974 refusing to compromise quality for price.
A great telescope, combining medium size and low weight with exceptional power, by the use of a four stage pancratic tube giving 30x, 37x, 46x, 55x, magnifications, yet measuring only 29" extended and 12" closed. A powerful but compact 2 draw field telescope ideal for stalking, weighing in at under 900 grams, and an objective lens of 40mm in diameter.
As can be seen from the photos, the condition is exceptional all round, with leather cladding and draw tubes in almost unused condition. All lenses are in fine order, giving a clear and sharp image, and there is also a screw on sunshade which provides added protection for the objective lens. I've used the telescope myself on several occasions, and its brilliant!

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3 draw field telescope by Broadhurst Clarkson

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A 3 draw leather clad field telescope by Broadhurst Clarkson with a pancratic tube giving 4 levels of magnification, 25-30-35-40. Covered in a rich tan colored leather, it comes with its own hard leather case, and is in good condition all round, save for some very shallow dints on the main barrel and a couple of small gouges on the leather cladding, which still has all its stitching intact. Optically perfect with undamaged lenses throughout, it's engraved on the second draw Broadhurst Clarkson & co Ltd, 63 Farringdon Road, London E.C. Measures 10 3/4" closed, 34 1/2" open with sunshade extended. With a 50mm diameter objective lens, this is a quality telescope ideal for stalking, and compares favourably to the modern stalking telescopes by Gray & Co which retail at over £1000.

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Dollond Marine telescope

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An opportunity to purchase a top quality 19th century maritime telescope with leather case, by the famous makers Dollond of London.
This impressive telescope has four draw sections extending to 42" and is 11" closed. The object lens is over 2" in diameter and there are three lenses in the eye-piece section. The optics are in remarkably clean condition and the magnification and image clarity is first class. The lens cap contains the original instructions for removing and refitting the object lens and the eye-piece is fitted with a sliding shutter.
The main section is of polished mahogany with no splits or cracks, but some light scratches due to normal use. The nickel plated brass sections slide smoothly with no dents, just some normal usage wear.
Still has its original lined leather case which is in overall good condition, but with some scuffs and scratches to the outside. The carrying strap is missing and the top fixing strap is worn.
This is a top quality instrument in excellent condition from one of the top makers of the day.

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3 draw field telescope by Broadhurst Clarkson London

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Nice 3 draw leather clad field telescope by Broadhurst Clarkson. The optics are in excellent condition and, the 45mm objective lens delivers a magnification of approx 20x with a clear sharp image. Leather covered straight barrel is also in very good condition with all stitching intact, as are the brass draw tubes which still have a smooth draw action.
Engraved 'Broadhurst Clarkson & Co Ltd, 63 Farringdon Road, London E.C'. Measuring 10" closed, 30" open, this is a quality telescope in good condition and very functional.

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Pancratic field telescope with variable magnification 25-40x

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Great condition 3 draw leather clad field telescope by Broadhurst Clarkson. This model is called the Pancratic Tourist, which is fitted with an additional Pancratic draw tube, enabling the power to be increased at will from 25x to 40x in stages of 5x. This is a great advantage as objects not clearly seen can be readily observed with 40x. All lenses are in good undamaged condition, and the image quality is first class.
The telescope body is leather clad and is in fine condition with all stitching intact, although a previous owners name & address is written neatly in very small letters along the barrel, but really not very noticeable. See enlarged photo
Engraved ' Broadhurst Clarkson & Co Ltd, 63 Farringdon Road, London E.C', and measuring 10.5" closed, 34" open, this is the largest version of the Pancratic Tourist range with an object glass diameter of 55mm. The condition of this telescope is well above average as can be seen from the photos, and is fully functional, with dent free tubes. A great telescope to use, with a clear bright image, it weighs just under 1.4kgs so very practical for use on the move.

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Signalling telescope by Broadhurst Clarkson

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A military 3 draw field telescope as used by signalling regiments in the inter war period. Made by Broadhurst Clarkson and engraved on first draw tube,' TEL. SIG. (MK VI) B.C. LTD & CO, 475 O.S. 717 G.A.' also has the military arrow stamp.
This is an impressive telescope, measuring 36" fully extended with sunshade, and 11" closed. It comes with two eyepieces marked 'High' & 'Low', which give 30x & 15x power respectively, and the 60mm objective lens delivers a clear, sharp image. In very good condition all round, including the leather cladding and straps (the long carrying strap appears to be a later replacement), the draw action is still firm and there are no dents. A substantial telescope complete with its accessories, of a rare model type which will appeal to collectors of militaria, yet is still practical to use for field pursuits.

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WW1 Officer of the Watch telescope by Henry Hughes

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A fine example of a WW1era single draw, Officer of the Watch naval telescope signed, H. HUGHES & SON Ltd, LONDON, No 8210.
Of nickel silver construction with stitched leather cladding on the main barrel, there is a swivel dust shield for the eyepiece and the main lens is protected by a leather end cap.
In excellent condition throughout, no dents or dings, the undamaged lenses deliver a powerful clear image of approximately 20x magnification. With all stitching intact on the rich leather cladding, it measures just over 24" fully extended including sunshade, 18" closed, and has an objective lens of 30mm visible diameter.
The draw action is smooth yet firm, making this a great telescope to use or display.

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19th century 3 draw maritime telescope by J Cam , London

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Nice example of a Naval telescope, by J Cam London, which has a mahogany barrel with 3 brass draw tubes. Measures 35" fully extended with sun shade, 11.5" closed. Sliding shutters at each end protect the 45mm achromatic objective lens and eyepiece. Dating to around 1825, this telescope is in very good condition all round, the brass draw tubes have some usage wear and the odd minor ding, but still retain a smooth action.
Optically very good, all 5 lenses are undamaged, producing crisp clear image to around 20x magnification. The mahogany barrel is also in excellent condition, no splits or cracks, all in all a quality piece, good for practical use as well as display.

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Vintage field telescope by Broadhurst Clarkson

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This is a superb condition 3 draw leather clad field telescope by Broadhurst Clarkson, which appears to have had very little use, retaining all of its non reflective coating on the 3 draw tubes. This particular model is called the 'Tourist', and was based on the old War Office Signalling model, and is ideal for stalking or spotting, being optically sound with a 42mm visible diameter objective lens producing a crystal clear image to a magnification of 25x.
The telescope is completely dent free, with a leather covered main barrel and all stitching and seams are intact, including the protective end caps.
Engraved ' Broadhurst Clarkson & Co Ltd, 63 Farringdon Road, London E.C' on the first draw, it
measures 10 1/4" closed, 31" open with sunshade extended, a quality telescope weighing just under 1.1 kg.

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Single draw WW2 naval telescope by W Ottway

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A fine example of a WW2 Officer of the Watch telescope by W Ottway & Co Ltd, Ealing, London, serial no *111. Manufactured during the 1940's, this telescope is not only visually impressive with its German nickel silver draw tube, but also delivers a nice sharp & clear image through the 35mm objective lens. Ottway telescopes were made to the highest standards and this particular one also carries the National Physical Laboratory testing logo for 1944, and the war department military arrow.
The condition is very good, with superb optics and completely dent free. The only minor flaw is that its missing a small piece of the black leather cladding at one end, which can be seen in the last photo. A fully working single draw WW2 naval telescope, that is as practical today as when it was first made.
Dimensions, 18" closed, 25" fully extended with sliding sun shade, also has a protective sliding dust cover on the eyepiece.

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Single draw Officer of the Watch telescope by W Ottway London.

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A classic single draw WW2 Royal Navy Officer of the Watch telescope engraved 'Patt 373, W. Ottway & Co Ltd, Ealing, London, 1939, No 89'. The powerful 1.75" object lens delivers a wonderfully sharp, clear image of approx 20x , and this telescope is as practical today as when it was made in 1939. Ottway are renowned for the quality of their telescopes, and along with the war department crowsfoot symbol, it also has the National Physical Laboratory testing logo for the year 1939. These telescopes were specially constructed for Naval use, and are very robust, with all tubes and outside mounts made from German Silver. The condition is good all round, with only minor scuffing on the stitched leather cladding, and some very small dints in the first draw.
Dimensions, 16" closed 24" fully extended with sliding hood, protective leather end cap and eyepiece sliding shutter.

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3 draw field telescope by J H Steward

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A superb condition 3 draw leather clad field telescope engraved 'J H Steward Ltd, London, Made in England' with a pancratic tube giving 3 levels of magnification, 25-30-35. Covered in a rich tan colored leather, it comes with its leather end caps and carrying strap and dates to the second quarter of the 20th century. It's in very good condition all round, with no dents, and the draw tubes still have the original bronze finish, with a smooth draw action.
The leather cladding, is also in fine condition as can be seen from the photos, and the large 55mm diameter objective lens delivers a clear sharp image. Measures 11" closed, 36" open with sunshade extended, this is an exceptional telescope ideal for stalking, and compares favourably to the modern stalking telescopes by Gray & Co of Iverness which now retail at over £1100 and on a 3 month waiting list!.

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4 draw Super 60x field telescope by Broadhurst Clarkson

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This telescope is the highest power portable ever made by Broadhurst Clarkson. Specially designed to give very high magnification, the instrument has 4 draw tubes with a pancratic tube which enables the power to be be increased at will from 30x to a very powerful 60x. Hence its name, 'The Super 60x Telescope'. The body has been recovered in brown calf leather at some point in the past, but this has been done quite well, as can be seen from the photos. With caps & carrying strap, this telescope is of impressive proportions, 12" closed, 42" open, 2 1/2" object glass, and weighing over 1.8 kgs. In full working order, optically perfect and dent free throughout, this size of telescope does not come along too often.
Made by Broadhurst Clarkson for retail by H. Salanson & Co Ltd, Bristol & Cardiff, whose name is also engraved on the telescope.

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H Hughes & Son single draw  telescope

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Supeb condition Officer of the Watch telescope by H. Hughes & Son, London EC3, serial no 13/297/836. Manufactured during the 1940's, this telescope is not only visually impressive with its nickel silver draw tube, but also delivers a nice sharp clear image through the 38mm objective lens. Complete with a Parker Hale tripod of the same period this telescope is as practical today as when it was first made. The condition is excellent all round, with only very minor scuffing on the stiched, rich tan leather cladding. Dimensions, 17" closed, 24" fully extended with sliding hood, tripod height 14". Protective leather end cap and eyepiece sliding shutter.

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