Original German Early WWII Afrikakorps Hensoldt-Wetzlar 10x50 Dialyt Binoculars - Named USGI Bring Back
Original Item: Only One Available. Known by collectors as "ice cream cone" binoculars (due to the shape), these were the classic 10x50 German military issue in WWII. Made by Hensoldt & Sohne Werke A-G in Wetzlar, Germany ,this beautiful set of 10x50 binoculars is in the more desirable higher power and finished in the correct Afrikakorps Dunkelgelb tan. This pair was brought back from the WWII theater, most likely in Africa, by Stanley John Homontowski, (born 23 Oct 1921), who enlisted on 27 October 1942.
This pair is marked with maker HENSOLDT-WETZLAR on the bridge, indicating that these were produced prior to 1941, when the company started using 3 letter code bmj. The serial number 22643 is quite low, as by 1943 the company was well into 6 digit numbers. On the opposing side of the bridge is the series marking DIALYT and the power is also marked with the numbers 10x50. The series was superseded by the Dienstglas model early in the war.
Both diopter adjustments operate smoothly and the eye cups are excellent. The optics are in excellent condition and mostly clear. Original leather neck strap is also included. Showing only a minor wear, the field glasses are offered in good functional condition.
Also included is a fine condition black leather case with a wood-lined top where sun shields would have originally been stored. The spring-loaded catch mechanism is faintly maker marked and dated frn 44 for Rudolf Lang, Brandenburg an der Havel, Koppehlstrasse 5-7, a maker of springs and metalwear. The shoulder strap for the case is sadly missing.
Most likely this case is not the original one issued with the binoculars, as they are definitely far older. This would be a period replacement for a case that was lost or damaged. However, this is still a wonderful set complete with case offered in very nice condition.
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