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19th century single draw telescope signed Dollond London

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This single draw telescope is signed 'Dollond London' on the first draw and is typical of the earlier Officer of the Watch style telescopes used by the Royal Navy.
Dating to the mid 19th century the tapered main barrel is actually made from mahogany but has been expertly clad in a dark coloured leather many years ago, probably as a personal preference.
With dent free nickel silver draw tube & fittings it is in very good cosmetic condition, and although the image is a little dimmed by the original green tint on the 35mm objective lens, it focuses easily to approximately 15x power.
The eyepiece is protected by an integral swivel dust cover inside the eyecup.
A lightweight telescope weighing less than 400 grams, it measures 17.25" closed and 21.25" extended, and is signed by one of the most renowned instrument makers of the 19th century.

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19th century baleen clad mariners  six draw telescope signed Ross London

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A rare baleen covered six draw mariners pocket telescope dating to the first half of the 19th century signed 'Ross London' on the first draw.
It's a quality piece which is relatively unique in having its original baleen cladding (baleen is a form of keratin obtained from the Baleen whale and was used by mariners to decorate their telescopes in the early 19th century).
It measures just 4.75" (120mm) closed, and the six draws extend it to an impressive 20.25" (515mm)
The cosmetic condition is very good, with all nickel plated tubes free of dents and the baleen covering still firmly attached, although it has has had a small wax repair at one end which is visible in the photos but does not really detract from the overall appearnce.
All optics are in good undamaged condition, and the 30mm diameter objective lens gives a clear image which focuses easily to a magnification of approximately 15x.
There is a parallel dust slide to the eyepiece, and a separate end cap for the objective.
A compact yet powerful little telescope it weighs over 0.3kgs and not only great to use, but a fine example of a type that really does not come along very often
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£215
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Dating to the first half of the 19th century this is a fine example of a particularly large 5 draw mahogany barreled telescope, engraved 'Crichton, 112 Leadenhall St, LONDON' in flowing script on the first draw. This refers to John Crichton who worked at this address from 1830 until 1865, and who also exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1851.
Intended for marine use, it has a mahogany barrel with five brass draw tubes, and still has its original green tint objective lens which has a visible diameter of 50mm.
All lenses are in good condition, and the image (approximately 15x magnification) is well focused, but is dimmed by the distinctive green tint in the objective lens which was intended to reduce reflected glare from the sea.
Although a large telescope measuring 41.5" (1050mm) when fully extended, 9.5" (245mm) closed, it is very manageable weighing just over 1kg.
Housed in its original fibre case, it's in very good cosmetic condition all round, no splits or cracks in the mahogany barrel, the only blemishes being some very minor dings to the brass draw tubes, but these don't affect the performance of the telescope, which is fully functional.

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£370
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Post WW2 Officer of the Watch Naval telescope by James T Coppock

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This is a 20th century, single draw Officer of the Watch Naval telescope signed, 'JAMES. T. COPPOCK Ltd, LONDON'.
Dating to the post WW2 period, it's constructed in nickel plated brass with a stitched leather cladding on the main barrel which is personalised with a former owners initials in gold lettering.
It's in very good cosmetic throughout, including the leather end cap & has a smooth firm draw action.
The clean undamaged lenses deliver a powerful clear image of approximately 18x magnification, and there is a protective swivel dust cover in the eyepiece cup.
It measures 25.5" fully extended including sunshade, 18" closed, with an objective lens of 30mm visible diameter, and weighs just over 850 grams.
A classic style of Naval telescope in good working order, and still practical for regular use.

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Rare WW1 Officer of the Watch telescope by Clarkson & Co.

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Alexander Thomas Clarkson is perhaps better known as one half of the Broadhurst Clarkson name, which Robert Henry Broadhurst continued using long after the 1892 partnership was dissolved in 1909.
Telescopes made by Clarkson on his own after this time are really quite rare and this WW1 naval Officer of the Watch example is of particular interest as it also has the very low serial number 5, which suggests not very many were produced.
Engraved 'CLARKSON & Co, LONDON, 5, ↑, NPL14' on the first draw demonstrated it was tested at the National Physical Laboratory in 1914.
The telescope has clearly had some use, but the condition is generally good, with undamaged optics giving a nice clear image of approximately 18x magnification, and is completely dent free.
The leather cladding appears to have been over painted at some point in the past, and still has the retaining loop attatched, although the leather end cap is no longer present. The stitched seam is also slightly stretched in places but is unbroken, see photos.
It has a 35mm objective and measures 18" closed, 25" fully extended with sliding ray shade.

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Broadhurst Clarkson leather clad 3 draw field telescope

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A powerful 3 draw leather clad field telescope by Broadhurst Clarkson, which has the modified eyepiece cup that can accomodate either a low or high power lens cell, and this particular example is fitted with the high power lens giving a magnification of 30x.
The tapered main barrel is covered in stitched brown leather in very good condition, with all stitching intact on the cladding & end caps.
There are two protective leather end caps, plus a shoulder carry strap which although well worn is still serviceable, and the brass draw tubes have a firm action.
Engraved 'Broadhurst Clarkson & Co, 63 Farringdon Road, London E.C', and measuring 10.25" closed, 30.75" fully drawn with sunshade extended, the objective glass has a diameter of 50mm giving a clear sharp image.
It weighs just over 1.1kgs and is a practical telescope to use for spotting or stalking.

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Unsigned Broadhurst Clarkson 3 draw field telescope

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Although unsigned this telescope has the same specifications as the ULTRA models made by Broadhurst Clarkson. Not many ULTRA models were made so they don't come along very often, being lighter than the Tourist models they were intended to appeal to hikers.
This particular example was made by Broadhurst Clarkson on a wholesale basis for rebranding by another retailer, and is in good cosmetic condition.
The brass tubes are dent free and retain virtually all of their non reflective coating with a draw action which is smooth but firm.
The 40mm visible diameter objective lens has a small edge chip but does not affect the image in any way, & delivers a clear well focused image of 25x magnification. (See photos)
As can be seen in the photos, the leather covered main barrel is in very good condition with all stitching intact, and each end is protected by leather end caps with a carrying strap which is a little worn.
Measuring 10.25" closed,29.5" open, this is a fully functional telescope weighing just under 0.9kg, making it very practical for use on the move.

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Late 19th century 3 draw telescope with basket weave cladding

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A nice example of a late Victorian 3 draw basket weave clad marine telescope with lacquered brass fittings.
Measuring 8.5" (215mm) closed and 26" (660mm) extended, with an objective lens diameter of 35mm, it's in very good condition with no dents & optics are clear and undamaged, delivering a sharp image.
Complete with a lacquered brass lens cover & sliding shutter at the eyepiece end, it still has one of the original loops for attaching a lanyard.
Weighing just under 0.4kgs it's unsigned but a quality piece nevertheless.

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Edwardian 5 draw pocket telescope

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This 5 draw pocket telescope, was probably made in the main for nature watchers such as ornithologists for use in the field.
Unsigned, it measures only 4.50" (115mm) closed, the five draws extend to an impressive 14.75" (375mm) making it the ideal accessory for spotting on the move.
Dating to the Edwardian period the cosmetic condition is very good, and the main barrel has a stitched leather covering
Free of any dents, the draw tubes & fittings retain all their nickel silver plating
The optics are in good condition and the 26mm visible diameter objective lens, gives a clear image which focuses easily to a magnification of approximately 10x.
A compact yet powerful little telescope, it comes with its original protective end cap.

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WW2 Scout Regiment telescope by H C Ryland & Son.

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Made by H C Ryland & Son, this WW2 Scout regiment 3 draw telescope is engraved 'TEL. SCT. REGT. MK. II s, H. C. R & Son Ltd, No 3396, O.S. 126. GA, Broadhurst Clarkson Type' on the first draw, it also has the military arrow showing it to have been issued into service.
The clean undamaged optics with a 50mm objective lens, deliver the clear sharp image one would expect from a telescope with such pedigree.
All brass draw tubes are dent free with a smooth firm draw action, and all the leatherwork on the tapered barrel is in good sound condition with all stitching intact, although there are some painted markings on the hood which may refer to a company or battalion.
The eyepiece is protected by an integral swivel dust cover which incorporates the coloured sun filter, and the accompanying separate hard leather case is also in good condition with all stitching still sound, although one of the strap cleats is missing, but the rest are firmly fixed so not an issue.
Measuring just over 10.5" closed and just under 32" fully extended including sunshade, it weighs 1.1kgs and just under 1.6kgs with its case, making it an ideal field telescope for stalking or spotting.

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Enbeeco Ranger 2 draw field telescope by Newbold & Bulford

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Manufactured by Newbold & Bulford under their brand name ENBEECO, this is a nice example of a 2 draw field telescope, complete with its original leather cladding, engraved on the first draw 'RANGER, 30X Enbeeco, London, Made in England'
The image clarity is very good as is the overall cosmetic condition, and the leather cladding is free from any gouges or tears, with all the stitching intact.
The draw tubes and main barrel are dent free, and still retain a large amount of their non reflective coating.
All the optics are chip free, and although there is some minor spotting on the 40mm main objective lens, this does not affect the 30x image in any way which is clear & sharp.
Measuring 24" fully extended, 10" closed, and weighing just under 0.9kg, it comes with its original brown canvas roll case which is a little threadbare around one of the studs but does a good job of protecting the scope.
A substantial yet compact field telescope, ideal for stalking.

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Powerful 3 draw pancratic field telescope signed J Lizars.

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A powerful 3 draw leather clad field telescope signed J. Lizars, 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 tapered main barrel is covered in stitched brown leather in very good condition and with all stitching intact on the cladding & end caps.
There are two protective leather end caps plus a shoulder carry strap, and the draw tubes are bronzed brass still retaining much all of their anti glare coating.
Engraved 'J. LIZARS, GLASGOW, EDINBURGH, ETC', and measuring 10.5" closed, 34.5" fully drawn with sunshade extended, the object glass has a diameter of 55mm which delivers a clear well focused image.
The cosmetic condition of this telescope is very good as can be seen from the photos, is fully functional with clean undamaged lenses, and dent free draw tubes which have a smooth but firm draw action.
It weighs just over 1.3kgs and is a great telescope to use for spotting or stalking.

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WW1 era Officer of the Watch telescope by T. Cooke & Sons.

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Probably dating to the post WW1 period, this fine example of a Naval Officer of the Watch telescope is engraved 'T.COOKE & SONS Ltd, LONDON & YORK, No 2502' on the first draw.
Not only visually impressive with its German nickel silver draw tube & fittings, it also delivers a sharp, clear image through the 35mm objective lens.
The condition is very good, with undamaged optics giving approximately 18x magnification, and completely dent free.
The leather cladding is in very good condition with all stitching intact and still has the retaining loop attatched although the leather end cap is no longer present.
Dimensions, 18" closed, 25" fully extended with sliding sun shade, the eyepiece sliding dust cover is also missing, but doesn't affect its functionality.

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19th century 3 draw mahogany & brass pocket telescope

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A nice example of a Victorian 3 draw pocket size mahogany veneered 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 28mm visible diameter objective lens produces a well focused image of approximately 15x magnification.
In good condition all round, the mahogany veneer on the main 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 6.25" closed and 16.25" extended.

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Dollond 3 draw signalling telescope showing additional lens in case

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A fine example of a 3 draw Signalling telescope made by Dollond and engraved on first draw tube, 'DOLLOND LONDON SIGNALLING TELESCOPE, No 8234', it comes with its original two interchangeable lenses marked HIGH & LOW, which equate to approx 30x & 15x respectively.
It dates to the inter war period, probably around the 1920's, and is an impressive telescope, measuring 32" fully extended with sunshade, and 10" closed.
The 50mm objective lens has a small scratch (See photo) but this does not affect the image in any way which is very sharp & clear.
In good condition all round including the leather cladding & end caps, the draw tubes are dent free with a tight but smooth draw action.
This is a quality telescope by a renowned maker, complete with its accessories and shoulder strap which although worn is still in one piece.
Weighing in at just over 1.3 kgs it's still practical for todays field pursuits.

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Enbeeco 2 draw field telescope the COMET by Newbold & Bulford

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Manufactured by Newbold & Bulford under their brand name ENBEECO, this is a fine example of a 2 draw telescope, complete with its original leather cladding, engraved on the first draw 'COMET No 2, 25X ENBEECO, LONDON'
The image clarity is very good as is the overall cosmetic condition, and the leather cladding is free from any gouges or tears, with all the stitching intact including the leather end caps & shoulder strap..
The draw tubes and main barrel are dent free, and still retain all of their non reflective coating.
It has a 30mm objective glass which delivers a very clear, sharp image of 25x magnification, and there is a swivel dust slide inside the eyepiece cup which is missing its small pip, but this is only a minor point that I mention for accuracy.
Measuring 24.5" fully extended, 10.25" closed, and weighing just over 0.9kg, this is a slim yet substantial telescope, ideal for field pursuits.

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1945 Pattern 373B Officer of the Watch Naval telescope

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A classic single draw Royal Navy Officer of the Watch telescope engraved 'W. Ottway & Co Ltd, Ealing, London, 1945, No 7758, Patt. 373. B.'
The 40mm objective lens delivers a sharp, clear image of approx 15x, and is free from any damage.
Ottway were renowned for the quality of their telescopes, with each component numbered to the serial number, and along with the war department crowsfoot symbol, it also has the National Physical Laboratory testing logo for the year 1945.
These telescopes were specially constructed for Naval use and are very robust, the cosmetic condition being good all round, with clean undamaged lenses.
The leather cladding and protective leather end cap are also in sound condition, with all the stitching intact & the brass draw tube is free of any dents.
This particular model has a diopter ring for pre focusing, and measures, 13" closed, 23" fully extended with sliding hood.
A great telescope for display or every day use, it weighs just over 1kg.

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Georgian 5 draw mahogany barreled telescope by Robert Bancks, circa 1820

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Dating to the first quarter of the 19th century, (circa 1820) this is a rare example of a large 5 draw mahogany barreled telescope, engraved 'BANKS London'on the first draw. Made by Robert Bancks who was best known for his microscopes, his instruments were signed either Banks or Bancks, and later became Bancks & Son who made microscopes & telescopes for Charles Darwin.
Intended for marine use, it has a mahogany barrel with five brass draw tubes, and still has its original green tint objective lens which has a visible diameter of 50mm.
All lenses are free from any damage, and the image (approximately 15x magnification) is sharp, albeit with the distinctive green tint which was intended to reduce reflected glare from the sea.
Although a large telescope measuring 44" (1120mm) when fully extended, 10" closed, it is very manageable weighing only 0.9kgs.
Housed in a soft leather case, it's in very good cosmetic condition all round, no splits or cracks in the mahogany barrel. The only points to note are some minor dings to the second brass draw tube, and the objective lens holder has a small dent around its rim, as does the eyepiece cup which is also missing the small pip on the internal dust slide. These are very minor cosmetic blemishes which do not affect the performance of the scope, but I mention them for accuracy and most are visible in the larger images.
Interestingly, it also carries the Broadhurst Clarkson name showing it was retailed by them at some point in the early part of the 20th century, and was probably considered an antique collectable even then!

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WW2 Canadian Kodak Company Officer of the Watch Naval telescope

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A fine example of a WW2 single draw Naval Officer of the Watch telescope, engraved 'CKC Pattern 332 A No 395' on the first draw, and also has the Canadian C military arrow.
Made by the Canadian Kodak Company, this pattern 332 type is not only a rare model, but also has a low serial number of 395.
As can be seen from the photos, the cosmetic condition is excellent, with no dents and unbroken stitching on the original leather cladding.
Measuring 17" (435mm) closed and 25.75" (655mm) fully extended, the 30mm objective lens delivers a sharp, clear image of approx 18x.
All lenses are in good order, and the telescope disassembles for easy access, weight is just under 850 grams.

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Broadhurst Clarkson 3 draw field telescope

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This is a fine condition 3 draw leather clad field telescope by Broadhurst Clarkson, which appears not to have had a great deal of use, retaining virtually all of its non reflective coating on the 3 draw tubes. This particular model is called the 'Tourist', and is ideal for stalking or spotting, being optically sound with a 42mm visible diameter objective lens producing a sharp 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" closed 31" open with sunshade extended, a quality telescope weighing just under 1kg, and perfect for use on the move.

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1918 pocket sextant with leather case

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This is a military style 3 draw tapered barrel field telescope, similar in many respects to those used by signalling regiments during WW1.
Signed 'H. & G. 30X ' on the first draw, who I have to confess is a maker I have yet to track down, although it may stand for Headquarters & General, a term often used for telescopes made for the general staff of the British army, but the absence of the military arrow makes this assumption questionable.
An impressive telescope, it measures 34” fully drawn with rayshade extended, and closes down to just over 11”.
The 50mm visible diameter objective lens delivers a sharp clear image of 30x magnification, with no damage to any of the internal lenses.
Cosmetically it’s in very good condition, the brass draw tubes still retaining virtually all of their non reflective finish, and its dent free with a firm draw action. The leather cladding on the main barrel is also very good, the stitched seam being unbroken, the only points to note are that the end caps have a glued seam, and the carry strap is a relatively modern replacement.
Nevertheless, this is a substantial, well made telescope weighing just over 1.5 kgs.

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Mid 19th century Spencer Browning & Co, Day or Night ships telescope

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A classic 3 draw Naval telescope from one of the exceptional makers of the 19th century, Spencer Browning & Co, who succeeded Spencer Browning & Rust in 1840.
They specialised in instruments for navigational use, and there are now relatively few telescopes to be found by Spencer Browning.
This particular example is engraved 'Spencer Browning & Co, London, Day or Night' on the first draw, & dates to circa 1850.
A genuine antique telescope of substantial proportions, the main barrel has been neatly recovered in a modern leatherette material with a very neat stitched seam, yet is still a visually impressive piece with an excellent image clarity which far exceeds what one would expect from a 160 year old instrument.
The segmented single draw tube still has a firm draw action, and all lenses are in good order giving a magnification of approximately 15x through the 50mm green tint objective lens.
It measures 20.25" (515mm) closed, 38" (965mm) fully extended with sliding ray shade, there is also an internal swivel dust cover on the eyepiece.
A single draw telescope it would have been used for general observations or reading signals between ships, and weighs just under 1.6kg.

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Late 18th century 3 draw marine pocket telescope signed Dollond London.

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This 3 draw marine pocket telescope dates to the latter part of the 18th century, and is signed ‘Dollond, London’ in flowing script along the first draw tube.
A compact telescope it measure 13.75” (350mm) extended, & 5.25” (135mm) closed, having a mahogany barrel in very good order, with no splits or cracks.
The 3 part segmented first draw tube unscrews to reveal three lens cells with a total of four lenses, which was a typical late 18th century layout.
The main objective lens is the original green tinted glass, has a diameter of 30mm and is free from any chips, producing a clear well focused image of around 15x magnification, albeit with the green tint which was intended to reduce reflected glare from the sea.
All lenses are in good undamaged condition, and the telescope disassembles for access to the internal lenses.
The draw tubes are also in good condition with no dents and, and still have a firm draw action, and the eyepiece cup does have its swivel dust cover. It comes with what appears to be its original tube case, which is in sound condition despite missing a piece of the inner sleeve as shown in the photos.
A 200 year old working telescope in very good uncleaned condition, by a much sought after maker.

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Muldivo Mentor mechanical pinwheel calculator

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Made by Joseph Smith, who is recorded as working between 1817 to 1846, this 3 draw telescope is engraved 'J. Smith, Royal Exchange, London' in an ornate script, on the first draw.
Intended for marine use, it has a mahogany barrel with three brass draw tubes, and still has its original green tint objective lens with a visible diameter of 40mm.
All lenses are free from any damage, and the image (approximately 15x magnification) is clear & sharp, albeit with the light green tint which was intended to reduce reflected glare from the sea.
A comfortable size telescope, measuring 9.75" closed and 30.5" extended, it's in very good cosmetic condition with no cracks or splits in the mahogany, and dent free draw tubes.

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Muldivo Mentor mechanical pinwheel calculator

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A fine 3 draw leather clad tapered barrel field telescope made to the same spec as the signalling telescopes of WW1.
At the end of WW1 ex military instruments entered the army surplus market and many telescopes were reconditioned by Broadhurst Clarkson for resale to civilians, which involved replacing the first draw tube carrying the military markings & serial numbers with either plain tubes, or rebranded ones according to where it would be retailed.
This is an unsigned example which comes with interchangeable eyepiece lenses one marked HIGH and the other LOW, the lens not in use is attached to the carrying strap in its own leather case, ready to be changed when out in the field.
Measuring 33" (840mm)extended, 11.25" (285mm) closed, the 50mm visible diameter objective glass delivers a crystal clear image of 15x on low, 30x on high, and all lenses are free of any damage.
This telescope is in very good condition with dent free draw tubes and the leather cladding is also sound with all stitching intact although two of the strap cleats have been strengthened with leather glue. This is a substantial telescope weighing 1.8kgs including the spare lens, and has all the attributes of a good stalking telescope.

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Late 18th century 3 draw mahogany barrelled telescope signed Dollond London, with later case.

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This 3 draw telescope dates to the latter part of the 18th century, and is signed ‘Dollond, London’ in flowing script along the first draw tube.
A medium size telescope it measure 28.5” (725mm) extended, & 9.25” (235mm) closed, having a mahogany barrel in very good order, with no splits
The 3 part segmented first draw tube unscrews to reveal three lens cells with a total of four lenses, which was a typical late 18th century layout.
The main objective lens has a diameter of 40mm and all lenses are free from any damage, producing a well focused image of around 20x magnification.
The brass draw tubes are also in good condition with no dents and, and still have a firm draw action, although the eyepiece cup is missing its internal swivel dust cover.
An antique working telescope over 200 years old, in very good condition by a much sought after maker, it comes with a leather case which is a later 19th century addition but a good fit nevertheless.

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WW1 period Officer of the Watch Naval telescope by Ross

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A nice example of a WW1 period, single draw Officer of the Watch Naval telescope signed, ROSS, LONDON, No 56603.
Nickel plated brass construction with a leather cladding on the main barrel, it's in very good condition throughout, with only minor wear.
All lenses are chip & scratch free and although there is some very light spotting on the 32mm main objective, the 18x image is clear & sharp.
All the stitching is intact on the leather cladding, and it measures 24.5" fully extended including sunshade, 17" closed.
The eyepiece cup has an integral swivel dust cover, whilst the main lens is protected by a separate brass end cap.
A genuine Ross classic telescope in full working order, ideal for all naval and marine collectors.

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Antique Aitchison & Co 4 draw field telescope - circa 1900

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A fine 4 draw field telescope, signed ‘AITCHISON & Co, OPTICIANS, 6 POULTRY, LONDON’ (Aitchison traded at this address from 1893)
It dates to around 1900, is of blackened brass construction and the main barrel has been re-covered at some point in the distant past with a black leather type material, but still in keeping with the telescope's overall appearance.
The telescope is in very good condition all round, with no dents and the lenses produce a bright clear image, although there is a very small edge chip on the main objective which is only noticeable on close inspection and doesn’t affect the image in any way, but I mention it for accuracy, see close up photo.
Measuring 29.5" (745mm) fully extended including sunshade, and 8.5" (215mm) closed, it weighs just under 0.7kg.
This is a well made quality telescope in full working order, with a swivel shutter on the eyepiece and a separate protective brass end cap for the main lens which has a visible diameter of 40mm.

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WW2 Canadian Kodak Company Officer of the Watch Naval telescope

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A classic WW2 single draw Naval Officer of the Watch telescope, engraved 'CKC Pattern 373 No 634' on the first draw, and also has the Canadian C enclosed military arrow.
Measuring 17" closed and 27" fully extended, the powerful 42mm object lens delivers a sharp, clear image of approx 15x, and this telescope is as practical today as when it was first made.
Made by the Canadian Kodak Company, and weighing just under 1.5kgs, these telescopes were specially constructed for Naval use and are very robust, with nickel plated draw tube and fittings.
All lenses are free of any chips and protected by a removable end cap for the objective, with an integral dust cover in the eyepiece cup. The telescope also disassembles easily for access to the internal lenses.
In good cosmetic condition, the main barrel still has its original leather cladding with only minimal scuffing, and all stitching is unbroken.
The nickel plating is still very much intact, except in a couple of small areas on the sliding rayshade where the brass has come through, however it still has a smooth draw action, and all tubes are free from any dents.

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Broadhurst Clarkson Officer of the Watch single draw CADET telescope

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Better known as a prolific maker of field telescopes for the British Army during both WW1 & WW2, Broadhurst Clarkson were not known for producing naval telescopes, so this is a particularly rare example of an early 20th century single draw Officer of the Watch telescope.
Engraved 'BROADHURST CLARKSON & CO, LONDON, CADET, x 18' on the first draw, it was likely made as a presentation piece for prize awards to Naval cadets.
In very good condition, the fittings retain all of their nickel plated finish, and the draw tube action is firm and smooth.
The main barrel is covered in its original dark brown leather stitched cladding, which is also in very good condition with no scuffing, although there is some very light colour shading at each end.
All lenses are clean & free of any damage, producing a very clear and sharp image of 18x magnification through the 35mm diameter objective lens, which is protected by a separate end cap, whilst the eyepiece has an integral swivel dust cover.
A classic style of Naval telescope, it measures 18" closed, 26" fully extended with sliding sun shade, and weighs just under 0.8kg.

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  SOLD SC1710    
Early 20th century single draw telescope signed SMRC "SPECIAL"

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Its quite unusual to find a typical Officer of the Watch style telescope being made for anything other than for use in a marine environment, but this particular example is engraved 'S.M.R.C. "SPECIAL" on the first draw, which indicates it was made for the Society of Miniature Rifle Clubs probably in the first quarter of the of the 20th century. The word "Special" is also of interest and I believe suggests the telescope may be linked to the conversions of .303 Martini-Enfield rifles which were rebarreled to .22 rimfire and also carried the words S.M.R.C. Special.
These conversions were carried out by C.G. Bonehill who were the main suppliers of rifles to the SMRC from 1900.
The main barrel is covered in its original dark brown leather stitched cladding, and the draw tube and fittings are nickel plated brass, all of which are in very good condition.
All lenses are clean & free of any damage, with a clear image through the 35mm diameter objective lens, this is protected by a leather end cap whilst the eyepiece has an integral swivel dust cover.
It measures just over 18" closed, 25.5" fully extended with sliding sun shade and weighs just under 0.7 kg.

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  SOLD SC1695    
Powerful 25x-40x variable magnification field telescope by Broadhurst Clarkson

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A powerful 3 draw leather clad field telescope by Broadhurst Clarkson, 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 tapered main barrel is covered in stitched brown leather in very good condition and with all stitching intact on the cladding & end caps.
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, showing that this scope has probably had very little use.
Engraved 'BROADHURST CLARKSON & CO LTD, 63 FARRINGDON ROAD, LONDON E.C.', and measuring 10.5" closed, 34.5" fully drawn with sunshade extended, the object glass has a diameter of 55mm. which delivers a clear well focused image.
The cosmetic condition of this telescope is superb as can be seen from the photos, is fully functional with clean undamaged lenses, and dent free draw tubes which have a smooth but firm draw action.
A substantial telescope yet weighs just over 1.3kgs, so is ideal for spotting or stalking on the hill.

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  SOLD SC1684    
Vintage Dollond 3 draw field telescope 25x magnification

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This 3 draw leather clad field telescope by Dollond London has a magnification of 25x, which is is ideal for stalking or spotting.
It's optically sound with a 42mm visible diameter objective lens producing a clear & sharp image.
The telescope is completely dent free and the brass draw tubes have a smooth yet firm draw action.
The leather covered main barrel is in particularly good condition with all its stitching intact, including the protective end caps and leather shoulder strap.
Engraved 'Dollond London, x25' on the first draw, it measures 10 1/4" (260mm)closed, 31.35" (795mm) open with sunshade extended, a quality telescope weighing just under 1.1 kg, and great to use on the move.

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  SOLD SC1678    
Rare seven draw pocket telescope signed Tagliabue London - circa 1820

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This 3 draw marine pocket telescope dates to the latter part of the 18th century, and is signed ‘Dollond, London’ in flowing script along the first draw tube.
A compact telescope it measure 13.75” (350mm) extended, & 5.25” (135mm) closed, having a mahogany barrel in very good order, with no splits or cracks.
The 3 part segmented first draw tube unscrews to reveal three lens cells with a total of four lenses, which was a typical late 18th century layout.
The main objective lens is the original green tinted glass, has a diameter of 30mm and is free from any chips, producing a clear well focused image of around 15x magnification, albeit with the green tint which was intended to reduce reflected glare from the sea.
All lenses are in good undamaged condition, and the telescope disassembles for access to the internal lenses.
The draw tubes are also in good condition with no dents and, and still have a firm draw action, and the eyepiece cup does have its swivel dust cover. It comes with what appears to be its original tube case, which is in sound condition despite missing a piece of the inner sleeve as shown in the photos.
A 200 year old working telescope in very good uncleaned condition, by a much sought after maker.

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  SOLD SC1671    
Muldivo Mentor mechanical pinwheel calculator

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This is an early 20th century, single draw Officer of the Watch Naval telescope signed, 'J T COPPOCK, LONDON'.
Of nickel plated brass construction with a stitched leather cladding on the main barrel, it's in good condition throughout, with only a small area of stretched stitching on the leather seam, & some minor dings on the draw tube, see photos.
The clean undamaged lenses deliver a powerful clear image of approximately 18x magnification, and there is a protective swivel dust cover in the eyepiece cup, although the separate brass end cap is no longer present.
It measures 25.75" fully extended including sunshade, 18" closed, with an objective lens of 32mm visible diameter, and weighs just over 800 grams.
A classic style of Naval telescope in good working order, and still practical for regular use.

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  SOLD SC1668    
Vintage Denhill de Luxe 3 draw field telescope made by Broadhurst Clarkson

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A rare example of a 3 draw leather clad field telescope made by Broadhurst Clarkson for the London retailer J A Davis & Son in the 1950's.
It carries the Denhill name which was the brand name of J A Davis & Son and derived from the DENmark HILL address from where they retailed mainly binoculars & some telescopes, all outsourced from other manufacturers.
Optically sound, and free from any dents, the 40mm visible diameter objective lens delivers a clear focused image of approximately 25x power.
The leather covered main barrel is in excellent condition with all stitching intact, and comes with its protective leather end caps & shoulder strap
Engraved 'DENHILL de LUXE, SPECIALLY MADE BY B C & CO LTD, LONDON' on the first draw, the brass tubes are dent free with a smooth but firm draw action, and retain virtually all their original anti glare coating.
Measuring 10.25" closed, 29.75" open, this is a fully functional telescope weighing just under 1kg, making it very practical for regular use.

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  SOLD SC1658    
Ross Pattern 373 Officer of the Watch Naval telescope

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A classic single draw Royal Navy Officer of the Watch telescope engraved 'Pattern 373, ROSS LONDON, No 84759, NPL 41.'
The 42mm visible diameter objective lens delivers a sharp, clear image of approx 15x, 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 1941.
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 vulcanite finish which has been recoated in places but this can only be seen on close inspection.
This particular model measures, 16.5" closed 27" fully extended with sliding hood extended. A great telescope for display or every day use with clear undamaged lenses, and weighing just over 1.3 kgs.

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  SOLD SC1655    
Muldivo Mentor mechanical pinwheel calculator

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A handsome mid 19th century 3 draw marine telescope, engraved 'CARPENTER & WESTLEY, 24 Regents St. LONDON' on the first draw tube. Carpenter & Westley worked at the Regents Street address from 1835, and were best known as manufacturers of Kaleidescopes & magic lanterns, with very few telescopes produced by them, making this a relatively rare example.
It has a leather clad main barrel with a filled seam, and three nickel plated brass draw tubes which still retain virtually all of their plating, although there are some areas of rubbing back to brass on the sliding rayshade .
The 40mm visible diameter objective glass delivers a clear image of approximately 20x magnification, despite some minor edge chipping on the objective and an internal lens, (see photo) neither of which detract from the viewed image.
Despite these blemishes, and the lack of an end cap, the general cosmetic condition is very good, with no dents. It also has a thick sliding coloured sun filter in the eyepiece cup, possibly designed for direct viewing of eclipses or similar, although I would stress that this not something that should be attempted without expert guidance, as improper use can cause serious eye damage.
Measuring 33" fully extended with ray shade, 10" closed, and weighing just over 0.7kg, a rare but useable telescope.

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  SOLD SC1634    
 The Marksman 3 draw field telescope by J H Steward

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A nice condition 3 draw leather clad field telescope by J H Steward.
This particular telescope is engraved 'THE MARKSMAN, J H STEWARD Ltd, 406, STRAND, LONDON'
Measuring 32.5" extended, 10.5" closed, the 40mm objective glass delivers a bright sharp image of approximately 25x and focuses from around 10 metres to infinity.
All lenses are in good undamaged condition, and the leatherwork is also in fine order, including the protective end caps with all stitching intact. The draw tubes are dent free and have smooth yet firm draw action.
Originally made for use as a target spotting scope by rifle clubs, it's ideal for every day use, with all the attributes of a good stalking telescope, and weighing just under 1.1kgs.

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  SOLD SC1622    
WW2 Scout Regiment telescope by Howard Grubb Parsons & Co, dated 1945

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This is a rarer example of the famous WW2 Scout Regiment telescope, signed H.G.P. who I believe was Howard Grubb Parsons & Co, a telescope maker based in Newcastle upon Tyne, and one of the of lesser known makers of this model.
Dated 1945 it's engraved ‘TEL. SCT. REGT. MK.II, H.G.P. 1945, O.S.126.G.A. REGD Nr 22337’ on the first draw, it formed part of the No 4T British Sniper Rifle as a target spotting telescope to the scout regiments.
The cosmetic condition is very good, in particular the leather cladding on the tapered barrel, and it has clean undamaged optics which produce the sharp clear image one would expect from a telescope with such a pedigree.
The brass draw tubes still have a firm yet smooth action, are all dent free, and the eyepiece has a swivel dust cover which incorporates a light filter.
It also comes with its original separate hard leather case which is also in great condition as can be seen from the photos, with all stitching intact, and a sturdy shoulder strap.
It has a 50mm main objective lens, measures just over 10" closed and 31.5" fully extended including sunshade.

The weight is 1.1kgs and 1.5kgs with its case, making it an ideal field telescope for stalking or spotting.

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  SOLD SC1620    
1930's single draw naval telescope by Ottway London

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A fine example of a Naval Officer of the Watch telescope by W Ottway & Co Ltd, Ealing, London, serial no 5217. Manufactured during the 1930's, this telescope is not only visually impressive with its German nickel silver draw tube & fittings, but also delivers a sharp, clear image through the 35mm objective lens.
Ottway telescopes were made to the highest standards with all components stamped with the same serial number, and this particular one also carries the National Physical Laboratory testing logo for 1938, along with the war department arrow.
The condition is very good, with superb optics giving approximately 18x magnification, and completely dent free.
The leather cladding is in very good condition but appears to have been dyed black at some point, which is a little puzzling as it is free of any significant scuffs or scrapes and all the stitching is intact, so may simply have been a personal preference by a previous owner, nevertheless it has been done well so doesn't detract.
Dimensions, 18" closed, 25" fully extended with sliding sun shade, also has a protective sliding dust cover on the eyepiece.

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  SOLD SC1614    
Early 20th century Aitchison field telescope with pancratic tube to 40x magnification

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This is an early field telescope by Aitchison who later merged with Dollond to become todays high street opticians Dollond & Aitchison. Dating to the 1920's its in remarkably good condition, both optically & cosmetic.
Engraved Aitchison London, 'THE TARGET', No 5739 it's a 3 draw telescope but fitted with an additional pull out pancratic draw tube, enabling the magnification power to be increased 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 body is of a tapered barrel design covered in stitched black leather, with matching protective leather end caps and a later shoulder carry strap, all in excellent condition, no broken stitching or tears.
Measuring 10.25" closed, 34.75" fully drawn with sunshade extended, the large object glass has a diameter of 55mm which delivers a clear sharp image. The eyepiece lens is further protected by an integral swivel dust cover.
The telescope, is fully functional with clear undamaged lenses, and dent free tubes which have a smooth but firm draw action. It weighs just under 1.1kgs and is a great telescope to use for spotting or stalking.

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  SOLD SC1597    
Muldivo Mentor mechanical pinwheel calculator

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Made by John Priston Cutts in partnership with George Sutton between 1845 - 69, this is a 4 draw leather clad telescope, engraved 'J.P.Cutts Sutton & Son, Opticians to Her Majesty, Sheffield & London' in a flowing script, on the first draw.
Intended for marine use, both the stitched leather clad barrel and the four brass draw tubes are in excellent condition, and it still has its original green tint objective lens which has a 50mm diameter giving a magnification of approximately 25x.
All lenses are free from any damage, and the image is sharp, albeit with the distinctive green tint which was intended to reduce reflected glare from the sea.
Unusually, the sliding coloured sun filter in the eyepiece cup is 3mm thick and was probably designed for direct viewing of the sun, although I would stress that this not something that should be attempted without expert guidance, as improper use can cause serious eye damage.
A large well made telescope, measuring 11" (280mm) closed and 39.75" (1010mm) extended, it weighs just over 1.2kgs and 1.5kgs with its case.
Housed in a 2 part leather case which although missing most of its strap cleats & buckle straps,is still quite serviceable, and protects the telescope well.

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  SOLD SC1587    
Muldivo Mentor mechanical pinwheel calculator

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A rare example of a WW2 period ships telescope engraved 'MARINE INSTRUMENTS LTD, LONDON & GLASGOW'.
Relatively few instruments carry this name as the company was created by a collaboration between Henry Hughes & Sons & Kelvin, Bottomley & Baird Ltd, after the London Office's were destroyed following the Blitz in 1941, resulting in the establishing of Marine Instruments Ltd.
This trading name lasted until 1947 when the formal amalgamation to form Kelvin & Hughes was completed, and Marine Instruments continued to exist but only as UK regional agents for the new company.
A single draw design with a long tapering main barrel, this is a powerful telescope in excess of 25x magnification and the 50mm objective lens delivers a very clear well focused image.
In very good condition all round the black leather cladding is firmly in place and the stitched seam is intact.
The draw tube is anodised brass, as are the fitting including the sliding rayshade, and has a smooth draw action, the eyepiece also has an internal swivel dust cover incorporating a coloured sun filter.
All lenses are in very good condition, but there is a small surface chip on the inner eyepiece lens which has no effect on the viewed image and can only be seen when the eyepiece cup is unscrewed, (see photo)
A telescope of impressive proportions, it measures 34" fully extended, 25" closed, and weighs just under 1.4kgs.

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  SOLD SC1574    
WW2 Scout Regiments Mk II's telescope

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A vintage 2 draw field telescope in exceptional condition, complete with its original stitched leather covering and end caps, and engraved on the first draw 'Rifleman' J H Steward Ltd, London.
Although this is a relatively slim field telescope with a 30mm objective glass, it delivers a bright, sharp image of around 20x magnification and a surprisingly wide field of view. J H Steward still have a strong association with rifle clubs in the UK, and this model was probably designed for use as a target spotting scope.
All lenses are in undamaged condition, and it's in very good condition throughout. The draw tubes still retain all of their original anti glare coating, and the draw action is firm but smooth which suggests it's probably had very little use.
Measuring 25.75" fully extended with screw on ray shade, 12" closed, and weighing just over 0.6 kg makes this a practical telescope for regular use, particularly on the move.

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  SOLD SC1526    
Late 19th century 6 draw pocket telescope with end cap.

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A fine six draw nickel plated pocket telescope dating to the last quarter of the 19th century.
Its engraved "BERINGER & SCHWERER, JEWELLERS, FALMOUTH", and measures only 4" (100mm) closed, with the six draws extending to 15.5" (395mm), making it the ideal accessory for using on the move.
The cosmetic condition is very good, with all tubes free of dents and although the leather cladding is a later replacement, it is firmly in place.
All optics are in good undamaged condition, and the 25mm visible diameter objective lens gives a clear sharp image which focuses easily to a magnification of aproximately 15x.
There is a swivel dust slide to the eyepiece, and a separate end cap for the objective.
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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  SOLD SC1541    
Vintage Broadhurst Clarkson tourist model field telescope

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This is a near mint condition 3 draw leather clad field telescope by Broadhurst Clarkson, which appears not to have had a great deal of use, retaining all of its non reflective coating on the 3 draw tubes. This particular model is called the 'Tourist', and is ideal for stalking or spotting, being optically sound with a 42mm visible diameter objective lens producing a sharp 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 '25x Broadhurst Clarkson & Co Ltd, 63 Farringdon Road, London E.C' on the first draw, it measures 10" closed 31" open with sunshade extended, a quality telescope in exceptional condition, weighing just under 1kg, and perfect for use on the move.

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  SOLD SC1532    
Large single draw marine telescope signed C WEST LONDON, DAY or NIGHT.

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This is a single draw Ships telescope dating to the first quarter of the 19th century by Charles West, who was working in London between 1814 to 1830, and is signed ‘C WEST LONDON, DAY OR NIGHT’ along the first draw tube. A large impressive telescope, it measures 36.5” (930mm) extended, & 21” (530mm) closed, with a mahogany barrel which is in good sound condition, and free of any cracks or splits.
The telescope has a segmented draw tube for access to the intermediate lens, and disassembles fully for access to all inner lenses which are in good condition.
The main objective lens is the original green tinted glass, has a visible diameter of 40mm which is free from any chips producing a sharp, well focused image of around 15x magnification.
It also has a push on brass end cap which is missing its sliding shutter, as does the eyepiece cup, neither of which affects the performance, but please bear this in mind if you decide to purchase.
The brass draw tube does have numerous minor dings, but these do not affect the smooth draw action.
A very desirable telescope, weighing just under 1 kg, it is in good working order and signed by one of the more prominent instrument makers of the time.

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  SOLD SC1540    
19th century 3 draw telescope signed Lennie Edinburgh

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A nice example of a Victorian 3 draw medium size mahogany clad telescope engraved 'LENNIE EDINBURGH' on the eyepiece. Made in the second half of the 19th century, either by James Lennie or more likely his widow Eliza who carried on the business after his death in 1857.
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 which has a green tint for reduced glare at sea, produces a well focused image of approximately 15x magnification.
In very good condition all round, the mahogany cladding is free of any splits or cracks, and the brass draw tubes still have a smooth draw action.
A quality telescope, measuring 8" closed and just over 24" extended.

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  SOLD SC1534    
Classic single draw Naval Officer of the Watch telescope by  W Ottway & Co Ltd

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A classic single draw Naval Officer of the Watch telescope, made by W Ottway engraved 'Presented By W.OTTWAY & Co Ltd, EALING, 1931' on the first draw.
Ottway were renowned for the quality of their telescopes, with each component numbered to the instrument, but this particular example has no serial numbers which given the engraving indicates that it was likely made as a one off for a special presentation in 1931, although the recipients name is not on the scope.
Nevertheless as with all Ottway telescopes the quality of both construction and lenses are beyond doubt and the powerful 35mm objective lens delivers a really sharp & clear image of approx 18x magnification.
With a smooth draw action both the draw tube and main barrel are free of any dents, and the general condition is good, although the leatherwork is a little faded in places but all stitching is intact and there are no tears or gouges.
Measuring 18" closed and 25.5" fully extended with sliding ray shade, these telescopes were specially constructed for Naval use and are very robust, with nickel plated draw tube and fittings, and a swivel dust cover to protect the eyepiece.

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  SOLD SC1517    
3 draw field telescope with variable magnification 25 - 40x

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This is a 3 draw leather clad field telescope by Broadhurst Clarkson with a fourth pancratic tube giving variable magnification of 25x-30x-35x & 40x.
Optically sound, the 40mm visible diameter objective lens delivers a clear focused image from 10mtrs to infinity.
The leather covered main barrel is in sound condition, with all stitching intact and only some scuffing in places, the largest of which is clearly shown in the larger photos
Engraved 'Broadhurst Clarkson & Co Ltd, 63 Farringdon Road, London E.C' the brass tubes are free from any dents, and the draw action is still firm.
The telescope disassembles fully for access to all internal lenses which are all in good order with no chips or cracks.
Measuring 10.5" closed, 34.5" fully extended, this is a quality telescope weighing just over 1kg, and very practical for use on the move.

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  SOLD SC1481    
Muldivo Mentor mechanical pinwheel calculator

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This 3 draw marine pocket telescope dates to the latter part of the 18th century, and is signed ‘Dollond, London’ in flowing script along the first draw tube.
A compact telescope it measure 13.75” (350mm) extended, & 5.25” (135mm) closed, having a mahogany barrel in very good order, with no splits or cracks.
The 3 part segmented first draw tube unscrews to reveal three lens cells with a total of four lenses, which was a typical late 18th century layout.
The main objective lens is the original green tinted glass, has a diameter of 30mm and is free from any chips, producing a clear well focused image of around 15x magnification, albeit with the green tint which was intended to reduce reflected glare from the sea.
All lenses are in good undamaged condition, and the telescope disassembles for access to the internal lenses.
The draw tubes are also in good condition with no dents and, and still have a firm draw action, and the eyepiece cup does have its swivel dust cover. It comes with what appears to be its original tube case, which is in sound condition despite missing a piece of the inner sleeve as shown in the photos.
A 200 year old working telescope in very good uncleaned condition, by a much sought after maker.

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  SOLD SC1484    
Muldivo Mentor mechanical pinwheel calculator

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This is quite a powerful yet compact spotting telescope combining medium size and low weight with a three stage pancratic tube giving 15x, 20x, 25x magnifications, but measuring only 22" fully drawn and 10.75" closed.
Engraved 'BRITEX SPOTTER' on the draw tube, it was manufactured by W. Ottway who reproduced this design under different names including the 'Orion Spotter' & the 'Headquarter & General telescope', mainly on a wholesale basis which is why the Ottway name is not on the scope.
Designed for spotting, it's a powerful but compact telescope which is ideal for use on the move, weighing in at just under 750 grams. It has an objective lens of 30mm visible diameter which delivers a clear well focused image, and all lenses are in good undamaged condtion.
The dent free nickel plated draw tubes have a nice firm draw action, and there is also a quick focus twist collar where the draw tube slides into the main barrel, for easy deployment.
The main barrel has a painted hammer finish and there is a pair of joined leather end caps for protection of both objective and eyepiece lenses.

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  SOLD SC1467    
Early 19th century Improved Day or Night Telescope signed Richardson London

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This is a fine example of an early 19th century 2 draw mahogany & brass marine telescope, with the unique feature of a third adjustable segmented tube held in place by a single bayonet collar, for additional magnifying power.
Signed 'Richardson London' there is an additional inscription around the first draw which reads: 'Adjustment for Greater Magnifying Power, for Day or Night', and the words 'IMPROVED TELESCOPE' around the large brass collar on the mahogany barrel.

There were a number of makers by the name of Richardson, working in London during the early 19th century, and its difficult to pinpoint the actual one, but I believe this may be George Richardson who was active between 1807 to 1830.
It measures an impressive 44" fully extended with sun shade, 14.75" closed, and has sliding shutters at each end to protect the 40mm diameter green tint objective lens and eyepiece.
It also comes with a rigid hand made leather case for overall protection, and is in very good condition all round with no dents on the draw tubes which still retain a firm action. The mahogany barrel is also in good condition with no splits or cracks.
Optically it is very good, with all lenses in clean undamaged condition, producing a clear image of between 15x to 30x magnification.

With its' unusual features, it's quite likely that very few telescopes of this design were ever made, making this a rare and possibly important instrument.

Weighing 1.3 kgs without its leather case which weighs an additional 0.7kg, the shipped weight will be between 2.5 to 3kg.

All buyers please note: due to weight, delivery will be by courier and therefore it is very important that a contact telephone number be entered through the shopping cart at checkout stage, and couriers will NOT deliver to PO boxes!

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  SOLD SC1390    
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