Commander D.B. Nicol was Commander of the HMS Wryneck, which was one of twenty-one “W” class destroyers completed for the Royal Navy in 1917-18. Nicol made the rank of Commander in 1923, having served as commanding officer of several Royal Navy ships in WWI and WWII. Born in Swansea, Nicol gained two and a half months’ time on passing out of Britannia and being appointed to join the battleship Magnificent on 15 January, 1904. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 January, 1909. Nicol was appointed in command of the first-class torpedo boat T.B. 037 on 23 December, 1911. She would be involved in the West River Patrol in China under his command until he was ordered to leave China and proceed to England in March, 1914. He arrived on 18 April, and on 5 June, 1914 was appointed to the armoured cruiser Carnarvon. He capatained three different ships during World War I, and commanded the Wryneck from 1925 to 1926 and retired after service in World War II. His other assignment details included:
HMS Wild Swan (Torpedo-Boat Destroyer)
HMS Dragon (Cruiser)
HMS President (Anti-Submarine)
HMS Comus (Light Cruiser)
HMS Lucifer (Destroyer)
HMS King Alfred III
Captain Landing Craft Base HMS Cochrane
Naval Air Stations Command HMS Daedalus
Made by Carl Zeiss Jena of a large tooled alloy and aluminum construction, these 7×50 power binoculars are in EXCELLENT used condition! The lens bodies retain about 95% of their original, rough textured, black finish. The aluminum end piece fittings retain about 95% of their original finish, as well as the bakelite eye cups. Some slight chips and wear, but nothing that takes away from the overall appearance. The focus adjustments still function perfectly (though a bit stiff) on both eye pieces and the optics are still EXTREMELY with NO spotting! Optics are in near PERFECT alignment! The body is well marked with the impressed designation, “BINOCTAR 7×50”, the serial number, “1254434” (indicating production year of 1925), and a prominent “Carl Zeiss Jena” Logo. Also attached is the ORIGINAL strap and Leather Rain Shield! The case is original to this set, and is also marked “Carl Zeiss”. Strap is original to this set. Some wear on all leather accessories, as you can see in the photos. The binoculars are inscribed “DB Nicol”, and this set also comes with one of his original Calling Cards, from when he was Commander aboard the HMS Wryneck (note that the calling card has a tear down the middle). A near PERFECT early example, would make a great addition to any collection!.
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