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German Optics


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Description, Size, Condition Price Status
  World War Two German Panzer Tank OPTICS removed from US Capture Tank Taken Near Normandy
This is as shown. The optics are clear and in working condition.

The forward objective measure 2.5 inches diameter & overall is 4 inches by 4 inches by 9 inches.  Here are other views 
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$249.99 Available
GOPT-09
German Luftwaffe Automatic Robot Camera with Frame and Electric Shutter Release and Motorized Film Advance
This is a German World War II RoBoT Model 1 camera with Tele-Xenar f:3.8 F=7.5cm DRP lens.

The body is very heavy steel and attached to an aircraft cushioned mount.  The shutter release solenoid has the original cord and plug attached. The cover for the motor advance gear mechanism at the top of the body is intact and present. The winding motor for advancing the film is present.

These are views of the significant features of this camera:

There is no snowflake or crazing of the lenses apparent.  The camera and optics need general overall cleanup and a tune-up. All screwheads are in fine condition, showing no signs of having been turned since manufacture.  There is some rubber insulation on the cord near the body that exposes the insulated wires underneath.  This should be easily repairable, if needed.

The camera has orange Luftwaffe markings on the back of the body.  The solenoid is RoBoT marked and "kna" marked (DER ROBOT, BERNING & Co., K.G. [photographic equipment] DÜSSELDORF GERMANY) and serial numbered.

The camera is in generally very good to near excellent condition overall, except as detailed above.

$1,499.99 Available
GOPT-13
German Luftwaffe Automatic Robot Camera with Motorized Film Advance
This is a German World War II RoBoT Model 1 camera with Tele-Xenar f:3.8 F=7.5cm DRP lens.

The body is brass and steel.  The cover for the motor advance gear mechanism at the top of the body is intact and present. The winding motor for advancing the film is present.

These are views of the significant features of this camera:

There is no snowflake or crazing of the lenses apparent. The long telephoto lens is getting hard to find on this model. The camera and optics need general overall cleanup and a tune-up. All screwheads are in fine condition, showing no signs of having been turned since manufacture.

The camera has Luftwaffe markings and serial number on the back of the body.

The camera is in generally very good to near excellent condition overall, except as detailed above.

$499.99 Available
GOPT-12
German Kriegsmarine Navy Painted SCHNEIDER Optics Binocular Direction Finding Flak 36 (88mm) Gunsight
This is a German World War II 10X80 (about 25mm by 80mm) Jos Schneider & Co, Kreuznach, Germany DAK Africa Korps Army Flak 36 Optical Binoculars.

The body is very heavy steel and brass armored. These optics date to approximately 1941-1943.

These are views of the significant features of this monocular optic:

There is no snowflake or crazing of the lenses apparent.  The glasses need general overall cleanup and a tune-up.

The DAK Tropical Tan Paint needs some touching up. The optics need internal cleaning and attention to bring back into totally serviceable condition.  There is a 18012 serial number on the prism housing.

There are adjustments for eye relief, width, and a selector for various filters from Clear (Klar) to Dark (Dunkel). The steel sun shades and padded brow piece present. The traversing mechanism is not present.

The markings are D.F. 10X80 dkl (Jos Schneider & Co, Kreuznach, Germany) "KF" (probably an inspector) 18012 F.

These optics are in generally very good condition overall, except as detailed above.

$1,499.99 Available
GOPT-08
German Kriegsmarine Navy Painted OPTICOTECHNA Optics Monocular Gunsight
This is a German World War II 1X40 (about 35mm by 40mm) OPTICOTECHNA Navy Flak 37 Optical Gunsight.

The body is very heavy steel and brass armored. These optics date to approximately 1941-1943.

These are views of the significant features of this monocular optic:

There is no snowflake or crazing of the lenses apparent.  The glasses need general overall cleanup and a tune-up. All screwheads are in fine condition, showing no signs of having been turned since manufacture.

The Navy Gray (Neve) Paint needs some touching up. The optics need internal cleaning and attention to bring back into totally serviceable condition.  There is a D 231 serial number on the frame.

There is a "spider web" style targeting sight internally, and coarse aiming external sights.

The markings are OK 1x40° Ausf. A. dow (WAFFENWERKE BRUNN A.G. (1943-OPTICOTECHNA GmbH) PRERAU CZECH) 611

These optics are in generally very good condition overall, except as detailed above.

$1,299.99 Available

GOPT-03
German Walter 8X Field Glasses Binoculars
This is a German Pre-World War II 8X (about 10mm by 25mm) OTTO WALTER Optical Binoculars.

The body and prism covers are heavy aluminum alloys. These glasses have pre-war commercial markings instead of the ordnance code letters.

These are views of the significant features of these binoculars:

Collimation and parallax need some adjustment.  There is some minor soiling on the prisms.  There is no snowflake or crazing of the lenses apparent.  The glasses need general overall cleanup and a tune-up.

There is general overall wear to what is left (about 60%) of the pebble grain leather on one tube.  The other has the covering completely missing.  About 60% of the black paint on the aluminum cranes is gone. 95% of the enamel on the prism covers remains.  The right eyepiece is independently focused, and operates smoothly throughout its range. The focus knob and adjustment works smoothly as well.

The markings are PRISMEN-GLASER 8X and OTTO WALTER (Serial number) 12507.

It is in serviceable generally fair to good condition overall, except as detailed above.

$74.99 Available

GOPT-04
German Wohler 8X Field Glasses Binoculars
This is a German Pre-World War II 10X32 (about 10mm by 32mm) Dr. F. A. WOHLER  Optical Binoculars.

The body and prism covers are heavy aluminum alloys. These glasses have pre-war commercial markings instead of the ordnance code letters.

These are views of the significant features of these binoculars:

Collimation and parallax need some adjustment.  There is some minor soiling on the prisms.  There is no snowflake or crazing of the lenses apparent.  The glasses need general overall cleanup and a tune-up.

There is general overall wear to the pebble grain leather on the tubes.  About 10% of the black paint on the aluminum cranes is gone. 95% of the enamel on the prism covers remains.  The right eyepiece is independently focused, and operates smoothly throughout its range. The focus knob and adjustment works smoothly as well.  The left eyepiece is a lock for the focus.

The markings are Dr. F. A. WOHLER CASSEL and DECAMAR 10X32

It is in serviceable generally good condition overall, except as detailed above.

$74.99 Available

GOPT-07
German Kriegsmarine Navy Marked LEITZ Optics Binoculars
This is a German World War II 7X32 (about 10mm by 32mm) E. LEITZ WETZLAR Optical Binoculars.

The body and prism covers are heavy aluminum alloys. These 1940 dated glasses have early war commercial markings instead of the ordnance code letters.

These are views of the significant features of these binoculars:

Collimation and parallax need some adjustment.  There is some minor soiling on the prisms.  There is no snowflake or crazing of the lenses apparent.  The glasses need general overall cleanup and a tune-up.

The pebble grain leather on the tubes is missing on the long tubes and prisms.  The black paint on the aluminum cranes and over 98% of the enamel on the prism covers remains.  Both eyepieces are independently focused, and operates smoothly throughout its range. The optics need internal cleaning and attention to bring back into totally serviceable condition.  The screwheads are in fine shape.

The case has a torn leather hinge at the back and a piece of the strap closu re missing, as shown in the images.

The markings are 7x50 E. LEITZ WETZLAR 290319 and Kreigmarine Eagle "M" and "7359 N"

These optics are in generally good condition overall, except as detailed above.

  SOLD
GOPT-06
German Precision Microscope Wooden Box
This is a German World War II custom fitted case for a medical optical microscope.

This is one of a number of items sent back to the US by Captain Jesse T. Schwidde, a member of the 3rd Medical Battalion of the 3rd Infantry Division who occuppied the Obersalzberg in the early part of May, 1945.  His story and several documents are related on the Bormann and Porcelain China pages.

This is a very robust case, build to withstand military field use.

This is a view of the exterior of the case, closed. This is from the side, showing the locks (there is no key).  And one of the interior, showing the fitted compartments. It measures 19-3/4 by 8 wide by 9-1/4 inches deep.

It is in completely serviceable condition, excepting the missing key.

$199.99 Available
GOPT-10
German Stereo Photo Viewer Glasses for German Picture History Books
This is a German World War II stereo glasses set used by several of the wartime histories of the invasion of France and Poland and other similar campaigns.

This set was made by Raumbild-Verlag and has a Ges. Gesch. registration marks.

This is a view of the picture frame side, closed. It measures 6 inches wide by 2-1/2 inches high.  It opens to 4 inches deep and folds to fit in a pocket sleeve in the history book.

We occasionally have the history books available, inquire if interested.

It is in completely serviceable condition.

$99.99 Available
GOPT-11
German Pilot Goggles and Spare Lenses in the Original Tin Case
This is a German World War II set of aviator pilot goggles in the original tin with clear and smoked lenses, complete.

This set is shown folded with the lenses in the soft cloth pouch and unfolded with the lenses out of the pouch.

This is a view of the tin, closed. It measures 4-5/8 inches wide by 2-1/2 inches high by 2-7/8. The top is shown slightly open, it closes tightly.

They are in generally serviceable condition, with some stiffness to the rubber from age.

$349.99 Available

Japanese Optics


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JOPT-15
Huge pair of World War Two Japanese Imperial Navy Binoculars
This is a Huge pair of World War Two Japanese Imperial Navy Binoculars.

These  were removed from a Japanese battleship at the close of World War Two    The  brass tag indicates they were manufactured by Nikko and are model No. 20 and 20 x 3 size. 

They weigh 40 pounds and are 26" long x 17" wide, the front lens opening is 6".   The optics are clear with no bubbles cracks nor spots.  

There is an  aiming sight up front and in the back. There is some slight paint chipping away and a small crack in the metal casting by the eyepiece (see picture) that does not effect operation. All the focusing and adjustments work well. There are two large sun shades that pull out of front lenses.

These are views of the significant features of these binoculars:  1  2  3  4  5  6 

The condition overall is near excellent.

$5,999.99 Available
JOPT-115 WWII Japanese Naval Binoculars In Issue Case with Non- Regulation Tripod.
 
This is a great set and even in the issue case. These are Japanese Naval Big Eye Binoculars in Original Fitted Wood Case.  Lenses appear OK but not completely perfect.  Rubber Caps are dried out. 

These are aged with little or no repairs made.  Includes the original mount and a pipe-stand.
  Forward objective is 12.5cm or about 5 inches.

Here are other views 
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$5,499.99 Available
JOPT-1115 Huge 20 X 120 WWII Japanese Navy Binoculars Big Eyes From Captured JAP Battleship
These are the largest (20X120) binoculars used by the Japanese Navy during World War II. They offer extremely wide angle viewing.

They measure approximately 27 inches long. The objective lenses are approximately 5 inches in diameter. The original box is included. The eye pieces even have the original rubberized eye cups.

The adjustable tripod is all brass. The legs can be adjusted as can be the post on which the binoculars are mounted via a rack and pinion arrangement.

Cosmetically the binocular are in excellent condition. The optics are all there but lenses and prisms need professional attention with a good cleaning and adjustment. One eyepiece has the beginnings of a separation but this does not effect the viewing. At present the right side focuses nicely. The left side is less clear and likely requires a prism adjustment. The interpupillary and focus adjustments move easily.

The binoculars and the tripod (Close ups  2   3 ) will be shipped in separate packages. They weigh 40 pounds and are 26" long x 17" wide, the front lens opening is 6".

Here are more views 1  2  3  4  5  6 .
$5,999.99 Available
JOPT-05
Japanese Naval Aircraft Carrier Long Range Binoculars
This is a Japanese World War II FUJI Meibo (Pre-1945 name for the Fujinon Company) 15x80mm by 4° Naval Air Force Big Eye Binoculars WITHOUT Filters with Pedestal mount.

The body is very heavy (approximately 20 pounds) and attaches to the included mount.  These binoculars were completely repainted in a very bright heavy green paint, which has served to protect (however unintentionally) the original paint underneath and also provided extra protection to the metal.  Some of the paint has worn off and a portion was removed to expose the name/data plate and low four digit serial number (2880)

These are views of the significant features of these binoculars:

There is no snowflake or crazing of the lenses apparent. 

The case is in generally near good to very good condition overall.

$4,999.99 Available
JOPT-905
Japanese Naval Aircraft Carrier Long Range Binocular
This is a Japanese World War II FUJI Meibo (Pre-1945 name for the Fujinon Company) 15x80mm by 4° Naval Air Force Big Eye ONE HALF 27 inch long  Binocular WITHOUT Filters with a post war made 2.5 x 17 inch brass base plate mount.

The body is approximately 20 pounds in weight. 

This binocular was cut in two to make a telescope still painted in original gun metal gray color. More Views 1 2 3 4

The condition is near excellent with all parts in working order.

The tripod is as shown.   

$2199.99 Available
JOPT-195  Post WWII 20 x 80 Wide Angle Naval Binoculars

This is a post World War II 20 X 80  Anti Reflex Hand Coated Triple Tested Wide Angle Field 35 degrees serial number 50885 36 Optical Binoculars. 

The body is painted grey. These optics date to approximately 1950s.  These are views of the significant features of this monocular optic.  There is no snowflake or crazing of the lenses apparent.  The glasses need general overall cleanup and a tune-up. 

The measured 14 inch long with the 3 inch forward objective. The aluminum center rod marked Japan is present. 

These optics are in generally very good condition overall.

  SOLD

French Optics


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FOPT-01
Allied Military Long Range Binoculars
This is a French World War I 20X (about 10mm by 50mm) E. B. MEYROWITZ Paris France Optical Binoculars.

The body is brass and aluminum alloys.

Emile Bruno MEYROWITZ pioneered the optical field. He opened his first optometry shop in 1875 in Albany, New York prior to establishing the shop in Paris, France.  He held several patents for optics and was an inventor of a single lever focusing mechanism.  He also built telescopes and other high-end optics.  The company still exists in Paris, although they are more aligned to retail current optics today.  Early Meyrowitz binoculars -- especially the long tube models -- are very difficult to locate in decent condition.

These are views of several features of these binoculars:

There is a piece of the barrel cover on the left objective tube missing and a chip in the covering of the left side prism housing.

Collimation and parallax are in alignment.  There is some minor spotting on the prisms.  There is no snowflake or crazing of the lenses apparent.  The glasses need general overall cleanup and a tune-up.

There is general overall wear to the armored pebble texture cloth on the tubes.  About 50% of the black paint on the aluminum cranes is gone.95% of the enamel on the brass prism covers remains.  The screws appear to have never been turned, all slots are clean and sharp.  The crane focus knob operates smoothly through its range.  The right eyepiece is independently focused, and operates throughout its range.  The original leather strap is present, and in fair (but fragile) condition.

The markings are 20X and E. B. MEYROWITZ PARIS - NEW YORK - LONDON.

It is in serviceable generally very good condition overall, except as detailed above..

$499.99 Available

US Military Optics, Cameras, Gun Scopes, Military Eyeglasses, Aviators' Goggles, etc.


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USOPT-9011 Heavy Solid Brass Mounted US Navy 1966 Dated BUSHIPS Mark 1 Telescope with Tripod.

This is as shown.

The brass cylinder measures 20 inches long. The forward objective diameter ring is 5 inches holding a  3.5 inches diameter optic .

The yoke measurement is 8 inches wide and 17 inches long. The brass and steel tripod is 52 inches long. Here are Various Views: 1 2 3 4

All parts are in excellent condition overall.  

$2499.99 Available

USOPT-011
Graflex Crown Graphic Pacemaker and Accessories in Original Fitted Case White House Photographer Camera Set
This was one of Johnny Thompson's favorite press cameras.  He was a White House Official Staff photographer through four administrations from Hoover through the Eisenhower years. He is shown at the right side of the photo at the left with King Edward VIII and Wallis Spencer (when they were the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, after his abdication.) holding the camera in his left hand.

This is a Pre-1960 manufactured Graflex, with the side mounted external Kalart Rangefinder. The camera optics are Ektar Eastman Kodak made.

This camera is very complete, and functional. Accessories include the battery powered Graflex synchronous flash unit with battery compartment and reflector for Sylvania P25 type flash bulbs.  About a dozen unused bulbs are included.

Also included is the Polaroid Land 545 film back and six large format two sided film carriers.

The condition is near excellent throughout, except the usual signs of routine  use.

The case is metal reinforced fiber with robust handle, hinges, fittings, snaps, and corner bumpers.  It has the original strap, with the buckle showing rust and needing some attention.  The case measures approximately 17 by 8 by 10 inches.

Here are a number of views of various pieces:

$699.99 Available
USOPT-007
US Navy Fairchild Aerial Gun Camera
This is a very rare US Navy BuOrd Gun Camera Mark VI Mod 3. The camera optics are Fairchild Aerial Corporation made.

This exact gun camera was described in the Monday, Oct. 26, 1936 issue of TIME Magazine, the relevant portion is shown below.

So advanced are Fairchild's aerial cameras that the company now has the field entirely to itself in the U. S., and its equipment is standard in the civil and military services of no less than 21 for eign lands. Eastman Kodak is quite content to supply film. One growing use for film is in Fairchild's machine-gun camera, an instrument for training combat pilots.

It is built, mounted and operated like a machine gun except that a trigger squeeze shoots a number of frames on a 16 mm. cinema film instead of a burst of bullets. After a sham battle, the pilots can see, precisely, where shots would have gone had they been firing a real gun. If there is any argument as to who "hit" first, the question is instantly settled by the time recorded to a split second on the film. List price [in 1936! Ed.] of a machine-gun camera : $500.

The condition is near excellent throughout, except the usual signs of routine military use and issue markings painted on the body.

Here are a number of views of various pieces:

$1,299.99 Available

USOPT-008
US Navy UDT Clandestine Operations Optics Cased
This is a very rare US Navy US/C-3 RCA MI-2558 clandestine submarine commando operations signaling device.

The US/C-3 Infrared Signaling Telescope was designed for secure night-time signaling with shipboard infrared-filtered yardarm blinkers US/X-12 or signal searchlights and various beacons. The most common use was as an infrared beacon placed on a landing (or pick-up) site by an Underwater Demolition Team frogman (UDT) team to guide pick-up vessels to the site.

The condition is near excellent throughout, except the usual signs of routine military use and issue markings painted on the body. It comes complete with the original fitted hard plastic protective case with instructions applied to the lid.

The model number on the data plate is an early version, stamped as MI-2558.  This was generally used for the 110 AC model, with MI-2558A and MI-2558F used for the battery powered models. As can be seen, this is the battery version.  It uses 2 "D" cell (BA-30 or USN Type C) batteries (not included).  The battery compartment shows no signs of corrosion.

Here are a number of views of various pieces:

$1,499.99 Available
USOPT-003
Photo Reconnaissance Photogrammetry Instrument Cased
This is a Stereoscopes Universal SV.3 cased, with two large spare mirrors and one small spare mirror. The binocular optics are Kershaw made.

The applications of photogrammetry are widely spread. Principally, it is utilized for object interpretation (What is it? Type? Quality? Quantity) and object measurement (Where is it? Form? Size?). Aerial photogrammetry is mainly used to produce topographical or thematical maps and digital terrain models

While taking the photographs, the airplane flies over a certain area in a meandering way, so that the whole area is covered by overlapping photographs. The overlapping part of each stereo pair can be viewed in 3D and consequently mapped in 3D

The condition is near excellent throughout, except the leather carry handle is separated at one side and one of the spare small mirrors is not present.

Here are a number of views of various pieces:

 

$499.99 Available
USOPT-012
Lyman ALASKAN All-Weather 2-5X Optics Scope and Mount
This is a very finely crafted telescopic rifle gun sight used on the M1 Garand, the 1903A4 Springfield and other sniper applications.

This design was in use from WWII to Vietnam.  This set of optics is mounted with a quarter turn quick connect style mounting.

This is a view of the eyepiece showing the 2-5 power marking and the serial number and part identification.

The optics are clear and sharp and in totally serviceable condition.

The condition is near excellent throughout.

$599.99 Available

USOPT-009
WWII US Army Armor Tank Optics Telescope Sight M39A2 and Mount
This is a main gun sight used on the M4 Sherman tank and other applications using the M4 75mm or the T24 T13E1 gun.

This design was in use throughout WWII.  This set of optics is mounted.

This is a view of the objective and the eyepiece and the serial number and part identification.

The optics are clear, they appear to be in serviceable condition.

The condition is near excellent throughout.

$99.99 Available

USOPT-014
WWII US Army Armor Tank Optics Telescope Sight M39A2 and Mount
This is a main gun sight used on the M4 Sherman tank and other applications using the M4 75mm or the T24 T13E1 gun.

This design was in use throughout WWII.  This set of optics is mounted.

This is a view of the objective and the eyepiece and the serial number and part identification.

This scope has coated optics are bright and clear, they appear to be in serviceable condition. There is some minor rust freckling on the tube that does not impair function.

The condition is near excellent throughout.

$99.99 Available

USOPT-010
WWII US Army Armor Tank Optics Telescope Sight M47A2 and Mount
This is a main gun sight used on the M4 Sherman tank and other applications using the M1A1, M1A2 76mm and 90mm M3 gun.

This design was in use throughout WWII.  This set of optics is mounted.

This is a view of the objective and the eyepiece and the serial number and part identification.

The optics are clear, they appear to be in serviceable condition.

The condition is near excellent throughout.

$99.99 Available
USOPT-002
WWII US Army Gas Mask Optics Cased
This is an American Optical Company Designed gas mask respirator prescription glasses in case with instructions.

This design was in use throughout WWII.  This set of optics was made by American Optical under a B&L contract and they are marked on the top of the bridge.

There is a very well made heavy steel reinforced metal clamshell leather case with velvet lining. The instructions are glued to the inside.  The glasses are identified to a sergeant of a US Army Air Force Service squadron.

The earpieces are of the wrap-around variety and the temples are very thin and flat to fit closely to the skin to prevent gas leakage while used with a gas mask.  The glasses are also designed for use without the gas mask as normal eyewear.

The optics are clear, they appear to be in serviceable condition.  The prescription is very mild and appears to be for correcting minor astigmatism.

The condition is near excellent throughout.

$74.99 Available
USOPT-005
A-O Aviators Goggle Optics Case
This is an original pre-WWII American Optical Company designed hard aircraft aluminum case.

This design was in use before WWII for the oval style American Optical Aviator Goggles used by Air Mail pilots and Barnstormers.  This case was made by American Optical Company and they are marked on the top of the case.

It measures 8-3/4 long by 3 inches wide by 2 inches deep. This is shown open.

The condition is near excellent and completely serviceable throughout.

$99.99 Available
USOPT-013
AN-6530 Aviators Goggles
This is an original WWII AN-6530 marked pilot aviator goggles.

This design was in use during WWII by USAAF, USN and USMC aviators.  This set has the nomenclature but no other apparent maker marks.

They measure about 8-1/2 inches long by 2-3/4 inches wide. This is the rear view.

The condition is good to near very good with some minor stiffness of the gray rubber gaskets.  There are some minor scratches on the lenses, we may have replacement lenses available, inquire.

$199.99 Available
UKOPT-001
British Aviators Goggles
This is an original pre-WWI English designed and manufactured STADIUM Brand goggles.

This design was in use before WWI as the angle lens style British Aviator Goggles used by pilots and crew.  This set was made by Stadium and they are marked below the lens with the maker on one side and a 1911 dated US Patent number under the other. This design was still in use during WWII.

They measure about 7-1/2 inches long by 3-1/2 inches wide. This is rear view.

The condition is near excellent including the lenses and elastics.

$149.99 Available