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I have a pair of binoculars,   8X30, marked Abercdrombie and Fitch, also Wetzlar, Germany. I am told they were probably made by Hensoldt for A&E.  I have seen references to that being true. They are VERY nice lightweight glasses and sharp. Case and glasses are like new.
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Originally posted by soourdough soourdough wrote:

I have a pair of binoculars,   8X30, marked Abercdrombie and Fitch, also Wetzlar, Germany. I am told they were probably made by Hensoldt for A&E.  I have seen references to that being true. They are VERY nice lightweight glasses and sharp. Case and glasses are like new.
Any thoughts?Big Smile
There were a couple of German companies, Deitz was one, but I blank out on the other, from Wetzlar, Germany who actually sold Japanese manufactured porro prism binoculars.  So, while Hensoldt is a possibility, Hertel & Russ another, the Japanese connection can't be ignored off hand.  Just for curiosity look at the outer edge of the hinge at the objective end of the barrels and see if there ar either/or J-B and J-E codes.  The J will be tipped over and look like it is being proped up by the - mark.  If they are there, Japanese manufacture is certain and the maker easily identified.  Some Japnese stuff did not have the J codes.
 
EDIT TO ADD:  You see "Carl Wetzlar" brand binoculars on the famous internet auction site all the time.  These are Japanese binoculars for the most part and are typically advertised for sale as such.  That was the other name I blanked out on earlier Shocked.  I just looked at some pictures of a couple now on the site, but even though they are Japanese, there are no J-B/J-E codes visible.


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The ones I sometimes see on Ebay marked A&F are roof prism, pebble grained and definitely Hensoldt. If collimated, they are very nice and at least are coated. I presume A/K prisms? steve
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