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WW1 & WW2 Australian / British (French Made) S.1 Porro I Binoculars – War Dept Marked

WW1 & WW2 Australian / British (French Made) S.1 Porro I Binoculars – War Dept Marked

$575.00
Product code: 30

Availability: In stock

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A PAIR OF FIRST AND SECOND WORLD WAR BRITISH / AUSTRALIAN (AIF) S.1 PORRO I BINOCULAR FIELD GLASSES (12.X) PROCURED FROM THE FRENCH MINISTERE DE LA GUERRE (MINISTRY OF WAR) TO MEET THE HUGELY INCREASED WARTIME DEMAND AND CLASSED AS 'FIRST GRADE’ OR S.1. THE BINOCULARS WERE MANUFACTURED BY THE FRENCH OPTICAL FIRM OF JULES HUET & CIE OF PARIS AND ARE MARKED WITH BATTLE OF BRITAIN ERA AIR MINISTRY SCHOOL UNIT MARKS FROM FEB 1940.  THEY ARE FITTED WITH A WAR DEPARTMENT BROWN LEATHER CASE. These excellent First World War British / Australian S.1 Porro I Binocular field glasses were supplied from French Ministère de la Guerre (Ministry of War) supplies to try to meet the huge increase in wartime demand for binoculars. These are an excellent First World War set of S.1 field glasses in very good condition: Enameled binocular body fitted with 12X narrow field optics, brass eye pieces and a brown leather matching carrying case stamped with War Department ownership marks.  

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Battle of Britain Era Air Ministry School Unit Markings from Feb 1940 - Jules Huet & Cie of Paris 12 x Goerz Type Field Glasses & Case

A PAIR OF FIRST AND SECOND WORLD WAR BRITISH / AUSTRALIAN (AIF) S.1 PORRO I BINOCULAR FIELD GLASSES (12.X) PROCURED FROM THE FRENCH MINISTERE DE LA GUERRE (MINISTRY OF WAR) TO MEET THE HUGELY INCREASED WARTIME DEMAND AND CLASSED AS 'FIRST GRADE’ OR S.1. THE BINOCULARS WERE MANUFACTURED BY THE FRENCH OPTICAL FIRM OF JULES HUET & CIE OF PARIS AND ARE MARKED WITH BATTLE OF BRITAIN ERA AIR MINISTRY SCHOOL UNIT MARKS FROM FEB 1940.  THEY ARE FITTED WITH A WAR DEPARTMENT BROWN LEATHER CASE. These excellent First World War British / Australian S.1 Porro I Binocular field glasses were supplied from French Ministère de la Guerre (Ministry of War) supplies to try to meet the huge increase in wartime demand for binoculars and were classed as 'Special' according to the following criteria:

S.1 High-grade prismatic binoculars (of which this pair is an example)
S.2 Second-grade prismatic binoculars
S.3 High-grade Galilean binoculars
S.4 Second-grade Galilean binoculars
S.5 Third-grade binoculars of either type
S.6 Binoculars of unusual design

They were produced under Pournisseurs Ministère de la Guerre contract during the war by French optical instrument makers and are marked as such (M.G.) on the crosspiece and by name on the right hand eyepiece plate.  The eyepiece plates are stamped with the name of the French optical firm of Jules Huet & Cie Paris Constructeurs, the magnification 12x, the serial number S.1.100032 The First World War British/Australian ownership markings (War Department Broad Arrows) are clearly visible, with on both binocular columns as are the Second World War Air Ministry marks and February 1940 date (A.M. & R. S.C.H. 2/40).  The original high quality WW1 era brown leather case is also stamped with a War Department ‘broad arrow’ ownership mark and inscribed on the base with the name of R.C. Portrowe RAF. The crosspiece is engraved with the original Ministère de la Guerre (M.G.) ownership mark indicating these bino’s originally came from French stocks.

Both the Porro I Goerz style binocular field glasses and their leather carrying case are in very good original condition.  The lenses are undamaged and the optics have minimal dirt obscuration. The original enameled finish over the metal casing of the optics and their leather sheathing covering is excellent and is patinated consistent with age and use (see pictures). The column focus and objective lenses are stiff but operational. The original high quality brown leather carrying case and strap although worn and in places consistent with age and employment, is in similarly good condition.

This pair of binoculars was originally sourced from Townsville in the Queensland. They are in much better condition than the similar pair used by Charles Hercules Green of 2/2 Battalion, that are held in the collection of the Australian War Memorial as exhibit REL23387 and which can be viewed online at: http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/REL23387/ . The brown leather carrying case is in similarly good condition and is similar to the AWM exhibit REL29675.  That case can be viewed online at: http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/REL29675/  .  An excellent Australian War Memorial photograph of from Gallipoli in 1915 is attached to this listing for reference and shows Captain Harold Jacobs of the 1st Battalion, sitting without shoes at the entry to his dugout, repairing his uniform. A similar pair of binoculars to those listed is visible hanging from the wall on the left.

These are an excellent First World War set of S.1 field glasses in very good condition: Enameled binocular body fitted with 12X narrow field optics, brass eye pieces and a brown leather matching carrying case stamped with War Department ownership marks.  

Type: Porro I Goerz Type S.1.
Maker: Jules Huet & Cie of Paris
Overall Length: 125.0 mm
Large Lens Diameter:  25.0 mm
Width (at widest point):  100.0 mm
Case: Brown Leather

From Australia, these First World War binoculars, used by the Air Ministry in the Second, are fair dinkum and have everything you look for in a top quality set of vintage military field glasses, provenance, condition and patina.

Additional Information

Weight (kg) 2.0000
Country of Origin Australian, British
Maker Jules Huet & Cie
Year of Manufacture (circa) 1940