A 1st WW British Officers Trench Periscope, Complete With It’s Original Leather carrying Case. [On Hold]

A 1st WW British Officers Trench Periscope, Complete With It’s Original Leather carrying Case. [On Hold]

Stock Number: 20171120A

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Offered for Sale is a Rare Complete British Officers Trench Periscope, with it's even rarer original Leather carrying Case.  The periscope is made of brass, with the Olive Green Finish, which was standard for this instrument { prevent dazzle etc]. It has an adjustable eyepiece, and an extending objective lens, to increase height. Optics are vg, as is the focus. It was made by R&J Beck, and dates to 1915.

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Circa

C 1915

Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Scientific, Telescopes, Telescopes - Other

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Offered for Sale is a Rare Complete British Officers Trench Periscope, with it’s even rarer original Leather carrying Case.  The periscope is made of brass, with the Olive Green Finish, which was standard for this instrument { prevent dazzle etc]. It has an adjustable eyepiece, and an extending objective lens, to increase height. Optics are vg, as is the focus. There is even a chamoix leather, objective, removable cover. The screw on wooden handle is also in vg condition, and is kept separate to the main body, and attached by buckles, to the outside of the leather case.  Stamped to the rear of the eye piece is the makers name …R& J Beck, and the date, 1915.    This is the earliest date that I have ever seen on an in such an instrument, as the majority were lost in battle, and only later dated examples survived, usually dated 1918.   The leather case is intact, and in vg condition, with complete buckles and tabs.  The periscope, with handle measures, when normal … 26 Inches, and when extended 32 inches.  The case measures in length. 18 inches.  The leather shoulder carrying sling is missing.  I have only possessed 3 such complete articles throughout my career, and this is the earliest example.

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GB Millais Antiques

I have been interested in scientific instruments since my grammar school days in the 1950s then university at Guys Hospital, London, where I qualified in 1961, and then working as a Dental Surgeon, until retirement from that profession, in 2004.. My antiques business was set up 45 years ago, having followed in the footsteps of my father. Throughout this time I have dealt in scientific instruments, mainly of a military connection. This includes military instruments, microscopes, compasses, Nauticalia, Telescopes, large and small, Binoculars, especially of the German and British Naval forces of the 2nd WW, general optical items and even writing cases.

I attend the Science Fair in,London, and other Antique Fairs, especially the IACF Fairs, at Ardingly, West Sussex, The "Military Odyssey" at Detling, Kent, and occasionaly,the Bisley Fairs, and Birmingham, at the NMM.

To contact me by email, my primary address is ..geoff@millaisantiques.co.uk, but in order to reach my electronic devices, namely my iPhone/iPad, please either Cc, or direct to them, via my secondary email ... millaisantiques75@gmail.com

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