We all know that in Japan after the Second World War, there was a great interest in building modern versions of the Zeiss Classics - the Togo Glass and the Teleplast. Here is a very interesting Sprenger 7x20, which can be PERFECTLY folded in two.
I wanted to find it for a long time, and here it is.
Last post by Zbig Fiema - July 09, 2020, 02:07:57 pm
Thank you for your insightful observations. Rodolfo, this "Mare Nostrum" would have been a good candidate for a hand-held on board. Is is marked "Regia Marina"? I think you are right, Niall, many binoculars would have been used and not necessarily marked as naval owned. First time I see this Salmoiraghi 5x which looks like a copy of Fernglas 09? With regard to the pattern of marking indicating specific service, I wonder how do the naval glasses compare with air force-used glasses. Probably, the pilots and observers also used whatever binoculars were available. But I also have a couple of Afsa Sthenara 8x glasses (most probably from the WW1 era) which are specifically marked "Aviation militaire"
Perhaps the problem is that so few seem to be officially marked as naval owned - even the Mare Nostrum is an assumption of naval heritage. Many Zeiss Marineglas weren't used at sea but, if we didn't know better, we might assume they were too.