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My mother has recently been trying to de-clutter her home, and, in the process of helping, I came across these. Seems a sturdy, well-made, and working, pair of binoculars. The case is also in good condition. And it has an original cleaning cloth.

As my mother doesn't want them, I would be interested in selling them; only, I can't find any information about them. 'Rothman', as a brand of 'coated optics' doesn't seem to exist, as far as google is concerned. Maybe I'm not looking in the right places, but I'm drawing a blank.

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Does anyone have any idea how much it's worth, and/or how I might find out? There's a 'London Camera Exchange' near me, whom might value it ... though I don't know how fairly.

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As with a lot of old binocular pictures, the important stuff is not there Big Smile.  Look on the objective end of the hinge.  There probably are the J#'s. either a J-B and a J-E #.  Those numbers will identify the Japanese maker of the binocular.  Post those and I can tell you.

Those are of the typical style of Japanese porro made during the days of the Japan Telescope Inspection Institute (JTTI).  There were several hundred Japanese manufacturers working during that time frame, some small and some large, some long gone, and some still working today.

There were maybe hundreds of different brands of binoculars that came from this JTTI era.  Rothman obviously was one of them.  Those will be a typical quite good, even close to excellent performer.  They will have a pretty limited eye relief due to the very large fov.

There will not be a lot of value, certainly not more than $50, and that will stretch the limit. Those look in pretty decent shape, so they might surprise. Some, such as Swift binoculars that have a collectors following would bring more.  However, the fact is that that style of binocular, if not the very same one, can be found with any of a dozen or more brands stamped on the prism plate.

While Google is normally your friend, it won't be here.  Rothman (whoever they were) was probably  long gone by the advent of the internet.

Go to ebay do a search on 8x 40 binoculars, specify a $150 or so upper limit, and search for used.  That genre will be fairly abundant and you can get an idea of what the general type sells for.


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With the front-end [with larger lenses], facing me, and the the right-way up [as you'd have  them to look through], the left lens has: 'je25'; the right has: jb41'. The j's look kinda weird, more like 'j-' than just 'j'. Not sure it's that's relevant.

Smile Sorry for being a binoculars noob, and sincere thanks for you help.

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Yes...that's the way they looked....the number is the manufacturer.  
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The J-B 41 means the binocular was manufactured by Shinsei, who I believe is still operating today.  They did the glass and assembly.  The body work was done by Zuiho, owner of the J-E 25 code.
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Way to go Steve,great info Excellent
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