A Fine Condition Military Artillery Director, dated 1917, By E R Watts & Son, With An Original Wooden Case.
Stock Number: 20190729
Offered for Sale, is this superb condition, WW1 British Military Artillery Director, manufactured by E R Watts & Son, and dated 1917. Manufactured in brass, finished to a high quality black enamelled smooth finish. In excellent working order, fine optics, and contained in a quality original fitted wooden case.
Country of manufacture
UK and Ireland
Offered for Sale, is this superb condition, WW1 British Military Artillery Director, manufactured by E R Watts & Son, and dated 1917. Manufactured in brass, finished to a high quality black enamelled smooth finish. The main body tube has front and rear hinged sights, with various attachments. Focus is by a simple pull out eye piece [ still with it’s original rubber eyecup]. Mounted on a substantial black turret. There is a vertical elevation [up/down] graduated scale 50*–0–50* controlled by a positive screw, and a Horizontal Complete graduated circle, 0–180* R and 180*–0 L. Again, controlled by a positive finely knurled brass screw. To the top of this circle is a Trough Compass, with a 5* deflection. The optics are Excellent and clear, giving a vertical upright, clear image. To the front aspect of the base, is inscribed ..”Director No 5 Mk1/E R Watts & Son/1917/ No 4536. There is a separate slide on sun screen for the objective lens. The o/a extended length …15-3/4 inches, and close, 15 Inches. Contained in an original WW1 wooden case, in excellent condition, fitted to the interior, with a lid retained by two brass hinges to the rear, two closing brass clasps to the front, and secured with a press button brass catch. The wood is without damage, splits or obvious dings, Inscribed to the top “Director No 5 Mk 1 No 3514. To the underneath aspect of the instrument, is a threaded hole, to take a suitable mount for certain uses. Please Note that I have a British WW1 Field Artillery High Power, Spotting Telescope, dated 1916, with it’s tripod, dated 1915. Code # 20181023, priced @ £1400 GBP
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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.
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