H026988 6 X 30 POWER ISSUE FIELD BINOCULARS. (Doppelfernrohr)

BACKGROUND: The German optics industry was a world class leader in it’s field prior to WWI with the Carl Zeiss firm of Jena having developed and patented the prismatic lens system in 1894 that resulted in optics with greater fields of vision and higher magnification powers. Although the German optics industry suffered from defeat in WWI in the immediate post war years, by the mid to late 1920's it was once again a leading innovator in optic design and construction and in 1936 the Carl Zeiss firm developed the first anti-reflective lens coatings which greatly enhanced optical performance. Besides the Zeiss firm Germany also was home to some of the best optics manufacturers in the world including the Ernst Leitz and the M. Hensoldt & Söhne firms of Wetzlar and the Emil Busch firm of Rathenow among numerous others. The German Wehrmacht, (Armed Forces), used a wide variety of optical enhancement items with the 6 x 30 power, (6 power magnification with a 30mm diameter objective lens), binoculars being the standard issue optics utilized by personnel serving in all branches of military service. Although the 6 x 30 power binoculars were the standard issue optics, specialized personnel such as Artillery Observers, Reconnaissance personnel, Searchlight personnel, etc., required stronger optics and assorted, larger power, binoculars were issued to these specialized personnel on a limited basis. When issued, the binoculars came with a variety of assorted accessories which included neck straps, buttoning flaps, designed to secure the binoculars to a uniform button protective lens covers and specific protective carrying/storage cases. Army issue binoculars were originally produced with a black finish which was generally altered to ordnance tan, presumably in late 1941 or early 1942 along with some other pieces of equipment. Of Note: The tropical tan paint, was more of a yellowish shade then the standard, ordnance tan paint.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Tooled zinc and aluminum alloy construction, 6 x 30, power, binoculars with molded bakelite fittings and an ordnance tan painted finish. The lens bodies and end pieces retain most of their ordnance tan paint. The binoculars have molded bakelite eye sockets which are fully intact and the focus adjustment still functions. The optics are still quite nice with a couple of small spots. The right lens has a horizontally aligned, reticle pattern with numerous, small, vertical bars emanating from the center, outward, to either side in increments of 5 degrees up to 40 degrees to each side, with numerals at the 20 degree points. The central lens joining bracket with swivel, width adjustment is intact and still functions. The right hand side, ocular end, body panel is well marked with the impressed designation, "Dienstglas 6 x 30", (Service Glasses), and a white, serial number, "81108". The left hand side, ocular end, body panel is also well marked with the impressed manufacturer’s three letter code, "cag", indicating manufacture by D. Swarovski Glasfabrik und Tyrolit-Schleifmittelwerke of Wattens/Tirol, and a blue, triangular lubricant code, signifying the lubricant was effective to temperatures of +122 to -40 degrees Fahrenheit, (+50 to -40 Celsius). The bottom edge of each of the lenses bodies have a small, raised, cut-out, bar designed to secure the carrying strap. The binoculars come with a roughly, 32 1/4", (82cm), long, 3/8", (1cm), wide, blackened leather carrying strap with dual stud eyelets to each end and both of the corresponding, blued, sheet metal securing studs intact. The carrying strap is in overall good condition and the leather is still quite supple. Also included is the original bakelite lense cover. Nice pair.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $750.00 (Or Best Offer)

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