A Call to Arms

British and International Militaria, Maps and Ethnographica comes to Auction at McTear's






Following on is a private and highly specialised collection of WWII and later naval observation binoculars from British, German and Russian forces.  These instruments are striking in both their size and highly polished finish, doubling their appeal as stylish interior statement pieces as well as tools upon which life and death often depended when scouting enemy air and seaborne crafts.  A pair of ship’s bridge binoculars by respected maker Ross of London represents the British side and prominently display the military issue ‘broad arrow’ or ‘crow’s foot’ marks; a rare pair of stationary binoculars by Askania represent the German side, used by the Kriegsmarine and bearing the relevant marks; such pieces of military observation equipment from either the Allied or Axis powers rarely come on to the open market so spirited bidding is expected across the board.




From the same Scottish Highlands source is an equally impressive selection of antiquarian maps focusing on Scotland, England, Great Britain and the wider world.  A clear highlight is the rare 17th century map of the Anglo-Saxon Heptarchy executed by famed cartologist Joan Blaeu, widely regarded as one of the finest maps produced in the period: this excellent impression is wonderfully hand-coloured, bringing to life the depiction of the various regional leaders on the left side and their adoption of Christianity on the right.  Blaeu was a prolific producer of maps and charts but is rightly celebrated and collected for the exacting standards he kept to throughout his career, using only the best workmen and materials in what was a Golden Age of geographical exploration and discovery.

Join us on Wednesday 20 July for this latest edition of Scotland’s only dedicated Militaria, Maps and Ethnographica auction.



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James Spiridion



For a complimentary, no-obligation valuation, visit our Glasgow Galleries or contact a specialist on 0141 810 2880 or auction@mctears.co.uk


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