K011682 LARGE BINOCULAR CASE. (Doppelfernrohr Kasten)

BACKGROUND: The German 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 all branches of service. Although the 6 x 30 power binoculars were the standard issue, 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 standard 6 x 30 power binoculars came equipped with assorted accessories which included the binocular carrying case. This example is the large version which was suitable for the larger powered binoculars such as the 7 x 50 or 10 x 50 power.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Large pattern, kidney shaped, molded simulated grained black leather, (Presstoff), construction binocular carrying case with sheet metal, alloy and blackened leather fittings. The roughly, 30cm tall, 20cm wide, 10cm thick, tapering case features a fold back top lid with a horizontal riveted blackened leather hinge to the reverse and a riveted on, vertical, spring loaded, leather and magnetic sheet metal closure clip to the obverse. The sides of the case each have a riveted on, horizontal leather loop and an extended alloy stud near the top edges designed for the shoulder carrying strap. The reverse of the case also has two vertical, riveted on leather belt loops. The interior of the top lid has a simulated black leather lining with two raised accessory retaining clips and a spare lens pocket with a single snap closure. The interior top lid and the interior body both have two simulated black leather covered frame panels to secure the binoculars in place. The case is well marked with a large impressed Eagle over "M", to the top lid indicating Kriegsmarine usage. Maker marked "beh" and dated for 1943. Nice case!

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $500.00 (Or Best Offer)

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