Today we are happy to offer for sale a rare and desirable antique German World War II-era Dienstglas 6×30 power field binoculars. This rare, ultra-high-grade optics Dienstglas 6×30 model was manufactured by the firm Emil Busch A.-G., Optische Industrie, Rathenow. Due to their cost, they were generally only issued to top commanders. The piece is nicely crafted and detailed. The body is manufactured of dark mottled red/brown Bakelite, with painted zinc and steel components. Looking through them is a pleasure with immediately noticeable perfection in the optical engineering. It features:
1 Trageriemen: a narrow leather string attached with two metal studs.
1 Okularschutz: rubber eye shield cover to keep dirt out of the lenses. It is attached to the straps and often referred to as a rain shield.
1 Knopflasche: a leather piece of material meant to strap the binoculars to a button on the tunic. It is fastened with two metal studs.
1 Behalter: a leather case to protect the binoculars in transit.
A bit of additional info on this pair of binoculars, courtesy of FJM44:
During the war the German army issued binoculars to some of their troops with specialised functions. The Gruppenführer or group leader would have one for instance. These binoculars or Doppelfernrohr where expensive and strictly army property. These where therefore engraved with Dienstglas noting the army property. The most common type is the 6×30 strength Dienstglas. 6×30 designates the capacity of the binoculars. The first number (6) refers to the magnification and the second number (30) indicates the diameter of the objective lens (the light-gathering lens) in millimeters. These binoculars where made out of different materials such as Aluminium, Zinc and Bakelite. The binoculars generally have two adjustable eyepieces or Okulare with bakelite or aluminium end pieces. The right eyepiece features a reticle or Strichplatte in scale 6400 which is used to calculate distances. These binoculars were made in a late war effort to save more raw materials. They are made utilizing bakelite as a material for the main body of the binoculars. They are fitted with a adjustable strap that is affixable to two sets of bales on the reverse of the main body.
Binoculars presents well and are in very good antique condition, with wear and patina commensurate with age and type of use. There is minor surface scuffing; minor dust particles in lenses (little to no affect on viewing); leather strap is torn. Leather case has wear, scuffing, and patina, side leather strap is torn, some stitching is undone. No damage (aside from normal surface wear) to the Bakelite or optics found. Please review all photos carefully before purchasing.
This great and rare pair of Dienstglas binoculars will make an outstanding addition to any World War II and militaria or high-grade optics collection. Fresh to the market from the estate of a WWII vet!
binocs: 6-1/4″ in length, 4-5/8″ in depth, 2-1/4″ in height
case: 7-1/2″ in length, 3-1/4″ in depth, 6-5/8″ in height