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  • WWII Nikko 15 x 100 Binoculars

    An unusual pair of 15 x 100 (15 power magnification and 100 mm objective lenses) large scale military binoculars with straight through oculars, by Nikko of Japan, circa 1940. Originally used for land, sea and air observation during WWII. The Japanese companies of Nikko and Toko were the main manufacturers of binoculars for Japan's military at this time. It is recorded that the Japanese optical industries purchased some 200,000 pounds of optical glass from Schott in Germany through the duration of the war.
    The binoculars have been stripped of their original paint, the cast aluminium polished to a mirror finish and they have then been attached to a custom made polished aluminium column mount that sits on a complementary period stained wooden tripod with polished bright metal fittings.. The brass oculars have been stripped of their original black finish, polished, cleaned and then plated with a thin layer of gold to prevent them tarnishing and minimise cleaning. The optics have been fully refurbished to the highest standards. These binoculars come with a newly made hardwood floor stand to provide stability to the tripod and give protection to floor surfaces.

    Dimensions: 53.5 cm/21 inches (length of binocular).
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