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WWI Private Purchase Officer's Binoculars "Toul 1918"
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French manufacture binoculars, most likely privately purchased in France for use in the AEF, a common practice for American officers who arrived in France with the first troops and found themselves under supplied when it came to necessary field gear such as binoculars. This set is contained within their original black leather carrying case, with full carrying strap on the case. The binocular eyepieces are maker marked by Colmont in Paris. The optics are only slightly cloudy at the edges and overall are still quite clear considering that the binoculars are now about 100 years old. I took them outside and I was easily able to read the license plate on a car that was parked about 80 yards away. These binoculars have a leather covered body and sun shades that extend from the body, both of which are also leather covered. The leather is in very good condition, although one of the sun shades has come loose from the body of the binoculars. The leather neck strap for the binoculars is present. On the painted body of the binoculars beneath one of the sun shades the original owner scratched his initials "J.H.R." and the date of "1918", as well as "Toul France." Overall excellent condition.