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Civil War Field Glasses (binoculars), as in Museum


Product Description

This is another nice item being offered, it is a pair of Civil War era Binoculars (or Field Glasses). They are made of brass and originally had a thin leather covering, which typically wears off with use – only one section remains. In the closed position, they measure approximately 5” x 5” x 2 ½”.

They are unmarked, which allowed the retailer to sell them without advertising for the actual maker. We know that these are Civil War era because of the construction of the body. If you notice these are made with the straight bar holding the 2 sides together. The later production binoculars have the curved joint to allow for a person's nose for a better fit.

The optics on these are a little dirty but still work great. The mechanics that raise and lower the eyepieces function and the action is a smooth. Overall, they are in genuinely nice condition, only showing normal use – if desired they could be cleaned up a little. General Robert E. Lee had a near identical example of these field glasses (see pictures). There is also an example in the Gettysburg Museum (see pictures). They would go great in just about any Civil War collection – Officer’s, Cavalry or Artillery.

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$8.50 (Fixed shipping cost)