Original WWII U.S. Navy Bu. Ships Mark 28 Mod.0 7x50 Binoculars by Bausch & Lomb with Case - Dated 1943
Original Item: Only One Available. This is an excellent condition pair of WWII U.S. Navy Mark 28 Mod.0 7x50 Binoculars, made in 1943 by Bausch & Lomb Optical Co., specifically designed for the Bureau of Ships. U.S. Navy organizations that were largely responsible for procurement in the 1940s were designated Bureaus, each commanded by a Rear Admiral. These Bureaus included: Aeronautics, Engineering, Navigation, Ordnance, and Ships. So the fleet of surface combat and support ships, of submarines, of Coast Guard and of Maritime Service vessels, along with most of their instruments and consumables too, were largely specified by and contracted for by the Bureau of Ships (BUSHIPS, or sometimes designated BU.SHIPS)
When the mission was to observe movement across a wide expanse of air and water then a binocular with a much wider field of view was justified. Several wide angle binocular models were commissioned specifically for the Bureau of Ships, whose vital work included spotting enemy vessels, planes, as well as other objects; these bear the designation BU.SHIPS as found on this example. The Mark 28 was a version like the original Bausch & Lomb Mark 1 produced for the Navy, but with improved waterproofing and different prism plates.
These are marked on the right side of the rear by the eyepiece with the model and serial number:
U.S. NAVY, BU.SHIPS
MARK 28, MOD.0
N 177032, 1943
Below this is the manufacturer information: BAUSCH / & LOMB / OPT. CO. / ROCHESTER / N.Y. U.S.A.. The left rear plate is simply marked 7x50.
The optics are clear and excellent, all aspects of the binoculars function, and they are in overall excellent condition. The coating on the lenses looks to be fully intact. The leather neck strap looks to be original WWII issue, as most were replaced with more durable rubber straps later. The leather is intact but does have some cracking around the buckle pin holes.
The leather covered case is also marked BAUSCH / & LOMB / U.S.A. and is in very good condition with original leather carry strap. All of the straps and handles are in great shape, with minimal wear to the leather, though there is a crack on the lid, and the shoulder strap has been shortened. The interior is felt lined, and is also in great shape. A small leather pouch on the lid holds a very nice original set of tinted eyepiece filters.
Overall a fantastic Bureau of Ships wide angle 7x50 binocular set from WWII. Ready to display or use!
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