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You are bidding on a SUPERB and VERY RARE set of WW1 Imperial German Navy (Kaiserlichemarine) 12×80 / 20×80 Shipboard Binoculars!  This style was specifically used on battleships, destroyers, cruisers and other surface vessels!  These were brought back by a US veteran, however I do not have any further history.

These Marine turret binoculars were manufactured around 1915, and were deck mounted on various ships.  They have a rotating turret for 12x and 20x magnifications, with 80mm objective lenses.  The produced a VERY bright view, even during twilight hours.  They feature retractable sign visors.  Due to the superiority of these optics, period photos also depict these in use throughout WW2 by the German Weehrmacht.


Made of a solid brass, aluminum, and steel by Emil Busch AG, Rathenow, this set of binoculars is in EXCELLENT used condition!  Manufactured earlier in the war, they retain much of the original paint!  The optics are still in PERFECT alignment…with NO chips on any of the prisms!  The focus adjustments still function, but they are very stiff (will need lubrication).  Also, the right side focus adjustment slips slightly, so it needs to be tightened a bit.  Optics are AMAZINGLY clear with NO spotting or dust particles!   The center features a prominent “M” indicating “Marine”, as well as  the serial number, “1170”.  Some paint chips and marks as you can see in the photos…as well as some scratches.  The front objectives are slightly recessed, with expendable sun shields.  The oculars should normally rotate inward and outward slightly, so the user can adjust for eye spacing…however they are very stiff.  The winning bidder would need to lubricate these to be able to rotate.  Eyecups are on the 20x oculars (one has a chip in the plastic), however the eye cups are missing from the 12x ocular side.  Last image shows both the 12x and 20x view.  I have shown the exact binoculars in use in the remaining photos.  Would make a SUPERB addition to any collection or display!


Please email me if you need additional photos or information.


——————- PAYMENT —————–

 Payment should be made within 7 business days at the end of the auction unless buyer contacts me for other arrangements. I accept all forms of payment. 


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My goal is to ship within 7 days from auction end. However, depending on circumstances, it may take up to an additional 1 week from receipt of confirmed payment. If you need it shipped sooner, please let me know and I will do our best to accommodate.


——————- TERMS OF SALE —————– 

Most of my items are vintage, and as such are AS-IS, so you must therefore expect a degree of wear due to age and/or usage. I will describe each auction to the best of my knowledge and take as many photos necessary to ensure you are pleased upon receiving your item. All sales are final, so please make sure your questions are answered to your satisfaction before you purchase. 


——————- ABOUT ME —————– 

Although my passion is the Me109, I do offer many other German Aircraft (Fw190, Me262, etc.), as well as USAF and Japanese items. Occasionally I do offer many non-vintage items such as prints and art relating to the time period. As a private collector myself, I am constantly on the lookout for historical memorabilia, authentic photographs, artwork or anything unique relating to military aircraft.  


——————- COPYRIGHT —————– 

All pictures and descriptions used in my auctions under COPYRIGHT and I forbid the use of these photos and information in any manner such as paper or electronic (internet) publications or otherwise. Use is solely based on my authorization only.

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