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Civil War era BINOCULARS

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With little change in design and construction through a considerable period of popular use, (from approximately the period of the Civil War through WW I) dating of such binoculars as Civil War era takes a bit of care. Knowledgeable collector / historians in the field generally consider the diameter of the eye piece lens as telltale with the larger 7/8 inch diameter eye piece lenses such as is offered here considered to be true Civil War vintage. With little if any change otherwise, these French import binoculars were utilized by American military for decades with the eye piece lenses becoming progressively smaller until they were soon less than half the size of the Civil War variety. While demonstrating appropriate age with good evidence of period use and carrying, this pair remain in unusually nice condition, complete and operable with desirable LEMAIRE FABT PARIS marking, excellent optics and original leather covering on body and lens shades. (see: W.C. Davis Fighting Men of the Civil War Union Signal Corps, p. 184) Most frequently exposed to hard service, true Civil War vintage examples are seldom encountered in this condition. Note: Established circa 1846, Armand Lemaire produced some of the periods finest optics to include early telegraph operator telescopes, the camera obscura, early scientific microscopes. His binoculars saw popular military use during the Civil War to include those for the U. S. Signal Corps. Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! Just send us a courtesy e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

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