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    Posted 7 years ago

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    A nice pair of field glasses. Text in the extended scope reads "Day and Night: field and marine" I believe they are from around the 1870's. The text in the eyepiece is "La Merveille: Paris". I don't know much about these. I found them under the seat of a 1958 car I bought from an old yard. Some of the leather is still holding on. The optics are quite good, they can still be used.


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    1. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
      Nice binos!

      What is the Boer War connection?

    2. batycki, 7 years ago
      Hey Scott:
      I'm not sure of the connection. The only other pair I've seen with "Day and Night: field and marine"and"La Merveille: Paris" were said to be from the Boer War era. (They are in a museum)
    3. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
      Many countries used French optics. While it could have been used during the Boer War, it is certainly not exclusive to that use or conflict.

      In fact, I have seen ones similar to this that have documented use by the USN as late as WW1.

    4. batycki, 7 years ago
      Even if these are WW1, I 'm still thrilled with the history of them. They are, by far, the most antique item I own.
      Thanks for the information,
    5. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
      Sorry to confuse-- these field glass do look to be 19th century.

      The USN was short on optics during WW1, so the Navy solicited loans of ANY useable optics for the war effort. I have seen optics as early as the American Civil War loaned and used.

      Without documentation, I would call them 19th century. They MAY have been used in the US Indian Wars/ SAW/ Boer War/ WW1.....


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