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Original Japanese WWII Nikko 8 × 6° Rabbit Ear Small Artillery Periscope Binoculars with Case dated 1943

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a genuine WWII set of Japanese "Rabbit Ear" Artillery Periscope binoculars, manufactured by Nikko. They are marked 8 × 6° / 2538 on the rear of the right barrel, with NIKKO / No.102536 on the left side, and come complete with an adjustable original tripod. The optics are excellent fully functional, with an intact reticule / graticule in the right side. Both focus diopter adjustments work, though they are a bit stiff, as does the angle control. The eye cups are present on both sides, with a chip missing on the left side.

These are a small desktop sized optic that were used by Imperial Japanese Army Officers for Artillery sight and range purposes. Larger examples were used in the trench to peak over the top without the observer losing their head. Comes complete with a painted canvas carry case that is nicely marked in faded Kanji on the exterior (great research potential!), and are dated on the inside of the lid: 八 十 昭. This marking is written right to left, and would be read: SHOWA (current reigning emperor) Juu-Hachi Nen (18th year of reign - 1943). The case is in very good shape, though unfortunately the shoulder strap is missing, and the closure strap is in delicate condition.

The optics are approximately 2 feet tall when mounted on tripod, and make a great display piece!

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