WWII German “Flakfernrohr 10 x 80”-This is an amazing set! It appears that all of the components are in place. The tripod is not part of the set but one of these should be easy enough to find. PLEASE NOTE!!! One of the pieces is broken but can easily be repaired. This is by the release handle on the double yoke mount. See pics. This set was produced by Schneider of Bad Kreuznach as noted by the ordnance code “dkl” stamped onto the side of the binocular. Also stamped is 10 x 80 and “D.F.” which is for “Doppelfernrohr” or “double telescope”. I found some very interesting information online about these. Here is a sample of what I found:
“In 1936, Emil Busch AG of Rathenow won a contract to produce a 10x binocular for air observation for the German military. Leitz and Möller each produced competing prototypes, but the Busch model was chosen for its lighter weight (6.5 kg vs. 9.25kg for the Möller and 8.5kg for the Leitz) and greater field of view (131m at 1000m vs. 105m/113m for the Möller/Leitz models). Production began soon afterwards and continued through the war, when the Busch design was also produced by other firms in Germany and occupied Poland. All models have identical optical systems: 80mm cemented achromatic objectives with 280mm focal length, 70-deg eyepieces, 45-deg Schmidt roof prisms. Due to allied bombing, the 10x80s were primarily used for identifying attacking aircraft and directing the large 4m rangefinders, searchlights and cannons of the anti-aircraft batteries around German cities. They also proved useful on the battlefield, and a version with 20-deg inclined eyepieces was produced for use at sea. A single half of the 10x80 binocular served as Z.F. (Zielfernrohr) 10x80, a sight for the 8.8cm artillery.”The set is all enclosed in its original wooden box. The box measures 22 ¼” by 11 ½” by 18”. PLEASE NOTE!!!!! This weighs nearly 75lbs and will require special shipping, there will be an additional shipping charge to some areas! Please inquire and we can let you know what this will be. A great piece!