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Civil War Binoculars or Field Glasses, used by Cavalry, officers, and Artillery


Product Description

This is another nice item being offered, it is a pair of Civil War Binoculars (or Field Glasses). They are made of brass and originally had a thin leather covering, which typically wears off with use, as with this example. In the open position, they measure approximately 7 ½” high, closed 6 ¼” x 5”.

They are unmarked, typical of the Civil War era, which allowed the retailer to sell them without advertising for the actual maker. Most Civil War binoculars were imported from England and Germany, who were experts in the field of optics. They were used by both the Union and the Confederacy.

The optics on these are a little dirty but still work alright. The mechanics that raise and lower the eyepieces function and the action is a little tight, but with some cleaning and oil it will be fine. General Robert E. Lee had a very similar example of these field glasses (see pictures). There is also an example in the Gettysburg Museum and the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, PA (see pictures). They would go great in just about any Civil War collection – Officer’s, Cavalry or Artillery.

Overall, they are in good condition, only showing normal use – if desired they could be cleaned up a little.

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$8.50 (Fixed shipping cost)