Mark V military heliograph,1940

Mark V military heliograph,1940

Stock Number: 361119 D



120 cm



Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Scientific, Technology, Surveying Instruments & Mining, Patent & Salesmans Samples


A beginning World War Two period mark V military heliograph with original case and tripod.
The use of the heliograph has a history stemming back to the early nineteenth century although it was popularised for British military use during the Second Boer War and continued to be used up until the 1960s.
This example was manufactured in 1940 with stamps to the stand stating “Stamp, Lamp or Helio A Mark III & PB&S Ltd 1940” The company Puddefoot, Bowers & Simonett Ltd were responsible for various tripods for military use including telescopes. The company is listed in the 1947 British Industries Fair as being, “Brushmakers, Silversmiths and Cabinet Makers in Ivory” a perfect example of how the war effort diverted most businesses from their normal day to day activities.
The heliograph itself is further marked, “Helio 5 Mark V,R.S & S. Ltd ” as is the accompanying leather carrier which contains a spanner and spare mirror in a tin case marked BW&M Ltd for Barringer, Wallis & Manners. Like Puddefoot, Bowers & Simonett, this company who are more famed for their manufacturing of collectable biscuit and tobacco tins seem to have also turned their attentions to the war effort at the time.
A pretty much complete heliograph set with original tripod this set is in superb condition and the mirrors are clear and in lovely order.

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NL Van Leest Antiques

Van Leest Antiques

Van Leest Antiques, based in Utrecht in the Netherlands, specialises in antique scientific and medical instruments. Their collection covers mainly scientific and medical antique instruments: barometers, globes and planataria, nautical instruments, anatomical models, and pharmacy items. Toon Van Leest travels regularly in Europe and visits trade fairs, auctions, and antique dealers to collect stock and to find pieces to fulfil his clients' unusual requests.

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