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Original German Early WWII Hensoldt-Wetzlar 7x56 Nacht-Dialyt Binoculars and 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 7x56 German military issue in WWII. Made by Hensoldt & Sohne Werke A-G in Wetzlar, Germany, this beautiful set of 7x56 binoculars is in the more desirable higher power and finished in classic black color.

This pair is marked with maker HENSOLDT-WETZLAR on the eyepiece hinge, indicating that these were produced prior to 1941, when the company started using 3 letter code bmj. The serial number 21499 is fairly low, as by 1943 the company was well into 6 digit numbers. On the opposing side of the hinge is the series marking Nacht-Dialyt and the power is also marked with the numbers 7x56. Optics are clear and all parts function as designed.

This series is a bit more "modern" in design than the "Dialyt" or "Dienstglas" series, in that they have a common focus adjustment in the middle, as opposed to individual diopter adjustments for each eyepiece. There is a compensation adjustment on the right eyepiece, as with a modern binoculars.

There is some oxidation on the aluminum fittings where the finish has lifted, but overall these binoculars are in great functional condition. The optics are in excellent condition and mostly clear. Original leather neck strap is also included, and is quite supple, with minimal wear.

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 rrn 44 an unknown maker code seen on many similar clips from gas mask canisters. The shoulder strap for the case is missing. This is still a wonderful set complete with case offered in very nice condition.

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