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    Posted 11 years ago

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    We bought these off a guy that had a bunch of binoculers sold him all of them these were included and would like to know more about there history? as you can see there is japanese writing on the inside of the case,

    My husband had shot a deer with these binoculers from one mtn to another mtn, approx . 1 mile away! and killed it,

    i would like to know if they really are from a japanese war ship and how much they are worth

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    1. stepback_antiques stepback_antiques, 11 years ago
      They look to be from a Japanese warship of some sort. They are very similar to WW II German U Boat UZO binoculars which would be locked into place for a surface attack on a ship. They look very heavy in order to withstand water pressure if the submarine had to make an emergency dive. Normally they would be stored inside the submarine until needed. I hope this helps.
    2. stepback_antiques stepback_antiques, 11 years ago
      It is great that you also have the original box, but it looks as if it were repainted. Not sure on the value, but I have seen German UZO binos sell for $1500.00- $2000.00
    3. chepat1, 11 years ago
      i thank you both for your input i would like it if someone who spoke japanese could tell me what the label says in english???? anybody??? I really would like that PLease????
    4. Bootson Bootson, 11 years ago
      This may be slightly off topic but of some interest. I understand that many Japanese people have difficulty reading older writing from WWII or earlier and plus the specialization of military and scientific nomenclature adds another layer of complexity. I would like to find a resource for translation of the older style of writing that did not cost a lot of money. I have some things that need translating too.
    5. ttmcs, 11 years ago
      Hello chepat1, I collect WWII Japanese Binoculars the paper tag on the inside of the box is a parts list, replacement parts. There should be a ID tag on the front of the box just under the key hole, most of them were removed. If you look at the prism housing covers there will be markings on both sides, just left and right of the eyepiece. Weisssielou is my friend, i'd like to talk to you off line about these i have about eight in my collection.
    6. ttmcs, 11 years ago
      Let me know if you would like to sell them i'd love to add them to my collection. Being from a warship probably not you have to remember that only a hand full of Japanese ships servived the war. Alot of these were used also on land bases as observation binoculars. Naval ports, costal artillery, army artillery, military bases all over the islands. The ID tags tell the year they were made the weight and the maker, also the size of binocular. The only way to tell if they came off of a ship would be if the veteran wrote the history of where he got them. It doesn't make them worth any less.

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