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Original German Early WWII Hensoldt-Wetzlar 10x50 Dialyt Binoculars With Wartime Case

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Original Item: Only One Available. Known by collectors as "ice cream cone" binoculars (due to the shape), these are classic 10x50 German military issue in WW2. 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 classic black color.

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 23146 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 The series was superseded by the Dienstglas model early in the war.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 there is just a bit of wear and chipping on the edge of the right eye cup. 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 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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