Original German Early WWII Hensoldt-Wetzlar 7x56 Nacht-Dialyt Binoculars and Case
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 21390 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.
There is some oxidation on the aluminum fittings where the finish has lifted, which has also affected the area where markings are, making them hard to read. The central hinge is also somewhat oxidized, and is very stiff. One of the eyepieces looks to have been replaced with one from another set of binoculars. The optics are still clear, and work well. The original neck strap is present, and in good 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 very faintly rrn 44 an unknown maker code seen on many similar clips from gas mask canisters. The shoulder strap for the case is present but broken at one end. This is still a wonderful set complete with case offered in very nice condition.
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