Posted 6 years ago
I'm not sure about the age of these, but I'm guessing late 1800s to early 1900s. I received them from an elderly woman who was still actually using them to watch birds and deer in her yard! She said they belonged to her mother who had them since she was a teenager.
The optics were quite dirty and I don't know how she managed to see anything out of them. I carefully disassembled everything and cleaned the glass. These type of field glasses are fixed (not adjustable to a person's eye separation) and are very difficult to use compared to modern binoculars with a hinged center post; but they sure look great in my display cabinet!
The leather is cracked and brittle and I've considered replacing it but of course that would compromise the authenticity so I've opted to just let them age gracefully and handle them as little as possible.
Does anyone have some tips for something (oil?) I can put on the leather to extend its life?