A fine 10 x 80 (10 power magnification and 80 mm objective lenses) double telescope binocular by Joseph Schneider of Germany with 45° inclined oculars and integral filters. This model of binocular was originally designed by Emil Busch in 1935, adopted by the military in 1936 and went into production with various modifications and manufacturers. The rugged construction made the model suitable for both day and night time observation and the direction of fire from artillery and flak stations. The binocular block is stamped with the manufacturer’s identification code (dkl) for the renowned German optics company Jos Schnieder und Co (from 1940 the origin of military equipment was intended to be obscured from the enemy by the use of these government-issued, three-letter codes).
The binoculars have been stripped of their original paint, the cast aluminium polished 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. These binoculars come with a newly made hardwood floor stand to provide stability to the tripod and give protection to floor surfaces.
Dimensions: 40.5 cm/16 inches (length of binocular).