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WW1 German Fernglas 08 Binoculars & Case – Spindler & Hoyer. Göttingen

WW1 German Fernglas 08 Binoculars & Case – Spindler & Hoyer. Göttingen

$750.00
Product code: 49

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A MUSEUM QUALITY SET OF FIRST WORLD WAR GERMAN FERNGLAS 08 BINOCULAR FIELD GLASSES (6 x 39) MANUFACTURED BY THE RARELY ENCOUNTERED MAKER SPINDLER & HOYER. GÖTTINGEN AND EQUIPPED WITH ITS ORIGINAL MATCHING CARRYING CASE.  These First World War German Fernglas 08 field glasses were manufactured in the by the rarely encountered and highly regarded firm of Spindler & Hoyer. Göttingen.  They are fitted with their Erstaz (substitute) leather field service carrying case. The case is marked with the sub-contractors trademark Optische Werke A.G. vorm. Carl Schütz & Co Cassel and has instructions for use inserted into the case lid.

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A MUSEUM QUALITY SET OF FIRST WORLD WAR GERMAN FERNGLAS 08 BINOCULAR FIELD GLASSES (6 x 39) MANUFACTURED BY THE RARELY ENCOUNTERED MAKER SPINDLER & HOYER. GÖTTINGEN AND EQUIPPED WITH ITS ORIGINAL MATCHING CARRYING CASE.  These First World War German Fernglas 08 field glasses were manufactured in the by the rarely encountered and highly regarded firm of Spindler & Hoyer. Göttingen.  They are fitted with their Erstaz (substitute) leather field service carrying case. The case is marked with the sub-contractors trademark Optische Werke A.G. vorm. Carl Schütz & Co Cassel and has instructions for use inserted into the case lid.

In 1908 a contract was let by the Imperial Weapon Office with Optische Anstalt C. P. Goerz Gesellschaft m.b.H for all infantry commanders (in the Prussian, Würtemburg, Saxon and Bavarian Army’s) to be equipped with a standard set of binoculars.  These binoculars, which were known as Fernglas 08 were to become the standard German infantry binoculars on all fronts in WW1 and were produced by a multitude of sub-contracted manufacturers. The Fernglas 08 is a Galilei type binoculars with a cast metal body and a field of view of 77.4 m/1000m. These particular binoculars were made by Spindler & Hoyer. Göttingen and are an excellent example of these robust and well made binoculars.

The markings are clearly visible, with on the focus wheel the type mark Fernglas 08 above the manufacturers mark of Spindler & Hoyer. Göttingen.  The front hinge securing bolt is stamped GERMANY. The original ersatz (substitute) tin field service carrying case, with its Fernglas 08  Gebrauchsanweisung operating instructions in the case cover, was manufactured by a sub-contractor Optische Werke A.G. vorm. Carl Schütz & Co Cassel, who also marked its cases Made in Germany on the leather top hinge.  The case retains both belt loops and securing straps, neither of which are torn.

The 6 x 39 magnification field glasses are in excellent original condition.  The optics are still in very good condition and still perform extremely well.  The field grey non-slip finish over cast steel casing of the optics is patinated consistent with age and use but is in as good condition as I have come across (see pictures). The composite eye pieces, so often missing on these bayonets are in good serviceable condition with marks consistent with use. The field service ersatz tin carrying case is in excellent condition.  Attached to this listing for reference is a photograph of a Prussian Infantryman with a set of Fernglas 08 binoculars slung around his kneck.

This is an excellent First World War set of German Fernglas 08 field glasses from a very highly regarded manufacturer in very good condition: painted steel binocular body fitted with 6 x 39 narrow field optics, composite eye pieces and an original brown leather fleece lined carrying case.  

Type: Fernglas 08
Maker: Spindler & Hoyer. Göttingen
Overall Extended Length: 115.0 mm
Large Lens Diameter:  40.0 mm
Width (at widest point):  120.0 mm
Case: Brown Leather, marked Optische Werke A.G. vorm. Carl Schütz & Co Cassel 135 mm x 140 mm x 65 mm

These First World War German Field Glasses are as good as any I have ever seen.  In my opinion they are in much better condition than the pair held in the collection of the Australian War Memorial as exhibit REL35442, which can be viewed online at: http://cas.awm.gov.au/item/REL35442  These binoculars have everything you look for in a top quality set of vintage military field glasses, provenance, condition and patina.

 

 

Additional Information

Weight (kg) 1.5000
Country of Origin German
Maker Spindler & Hoyer. Göttingen
Year of Manufacture (circa) 1916