Author Topic: Dr. Walter Gérard Berlin Charlottenburg Jagdglas 5x47 about 1914  (Read 370 times)

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Winfried Tuerk

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A very similar variant of this unusual Galilean binocular I saw in Robert Wild-Queisner's 1914 published book "Jagdgläser und Zielfernrohre" (hunting binoculars and rifle scopes, see first pic.) for the first time.

This very sturdy and heavy model is constructed very similar to the military FG 08 binocular used in WW1. Gérald made the FG 08 as well for the German Army (see pic. 5 and 6). Unlike the individual focus FG 08, the Jagdglas has centre focus with a focusing bar. An unusual feature of this high grade Galilean binocular is the dioptre ring of the right eyepiece, similar to prism glasses. Unfortunatelly, the copy shows no marks of power or manufacturer.

Dr. Walter Gérard was a Huguenot. At the beginning of the 20th century he built up a workshop in Berlin Charlottenburg producing high-quality rifle scopes and binoculars. This optical gear was produced for the Army as well. The company made also sniper rifle scopes in WW1. To date, a possible relationship to Oigee (Optische Industrie Gesellschaft m. b. H. Berlin-Schöneberg) and the Landlicht A.-G. is unclear to me.

https://snipercollection.com/category/1900-to-1918/bavarian-scopes/dr-walter-gerard-charlottenburg/
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Re: Dr. Walter Gérard Berlin Charlottenburg Jagdglas 5x47
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2018, 10:53:33 PM »
Here a couple of ads offering Jagdgläser (hunting binoculars) und Zielferngläser (rifle scopes) by Dr. Gérard Berlin Charlottenburg
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Re: Dr. Walter Gérard Berlin Charlottenburg Jagdglas 5x40 about 1914
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2018, 09:31:28 AM »
Hello Winfried,
really a nice binoculars. It is very similar to the Emil Busch 09 with centre focus.

You can find it on the WEB- Page from Hans.

http://www.fernglasmuseum.at/museum/busch_marineglas_09_mitteltrieb/busch_marineglas_09_mitteltrieb.html

BR
Uwe

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Re: Dr. Walter Gérard Berlin Charlottenburg Jagdglas 5x47 about 1914
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2018, 10:58:25 PM »
Hi Uwe, thanks for your hint!

Indeed, it seems that other German manufacurers made modified FG08 binoculars before and maybe after the Great War as well.
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Re: Dr. Walter Gérard Berlin Charlottenburg Jagdglas 5x47 about 1914
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2018, 07:40:10 PM »
Update.
The headline's pair has 4x power. After the chart in Robert Wild-Queisner's book "Jagdgläser und Zielfernrohre" (hunting binoculars and rifle scopes) from 1914 the name of the model is "Universalglas 4x47"; 115/1000m fov, weight 470gr.
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Re: Dr. Walter Gérard Berlin Charlottenburg Jagdglas 5x47 about 1914
« Reply #6 on: September 29, 2018, 09:40:33 AM »
Recently I found an Dr. Gerard leaflet offering rifle scopes and Galilean binoculars. Here, the "Gérard-Universalglas für Jagd-, Reise- und Theatergebrauch" is advertised". Fov 115/1000m. Was 59 Mark (the Mark was the Imperial Germany's currency until 1923)
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