Original WWII U.S. Navy Bu. Ships Mark 29 Mod.0 6x30 Binoculars with Case - Dated 1942
Original Item: Only One Available. This is an excellent condition pair of WWII U.S. Navy Mark 29 Mod.0 6x30 Binoculars made in 1942 by Universal Camera Corporation in New York. specifically designed for the Bureau of Ships. U.S. Navy organizations that were largely responsible for procurement in 1940 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.
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 XXIX, MOD.0
N 20574, 1942
Below this is the manufacturer information: Universal Camera Corp New York, U.S.A.. The left rear plate is simply marked 6x30.
The optics are clear and excellent, all aspects of the binoculars function, and they are in overall excellent condition. The thick leather neck strap is supple and strong without defect. The black leather case is in excellent condition with original leather carry strap.
Overall a fantastic Bureau of Ships 6x30 binocular set from WWII.
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