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    I really need help on this one,

    This item is a little different for me as I'm normally an EK collector.

    These binoculars have just come into my care and I know very little about them. To be honest I have been looking on the forum for a few days now and every time I think I've found a match I see something that is slightly different on my pair. All I know is that they have been in my wife's family all of her life and she used them with her dad on walks when she was a child. They have so many memories for her and they will stay with us and be passed on to the next generation when we go.

    The only other information I have is that my wife's uncle was a Desert Rat and served with the 8th Army through most of the war until wounded and medically discharged.

    I am very grateful for any help members may give to Identify these and I thank you in advance.

    Wilko (Ken)

    P.S They are very will used and could do with a restoration or good lens and prism clean.

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    Ahh I wish I could help as I have a bunch of optics in my collection and as on most things I'm out of touch!! but I can say that, down here civilians where asked to donate their optics for the war effort with a possibility of their return on wars end & serial numbered for ref. Here's a French set pressed into service.
    Sorry Ken for going off your topic
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    Well, the case is clearly issue (with broad arrow and nice unit marking), though there doesn’t appear to be any military markings on the bins themselves... Is there anything on the other side?

    Telact glasses were made by Karl Zeiss, Jena, Germany. These probably date from the mid- to late(ish)-1930s, as many German optics were purchased from Germany, prior to the war, as they were the best.

    Edit: Just spotted the broad arrow on the binoculars themselves, so it’s a full Military set... Nice!

    Extra-lovely with all the family history!

    Cheers,
    Bob

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    These are WW1 era German manufactured Carl Zeiss TELACT binoculars... I must confess that I cannot see the broad arrow on them though.

    Cheers,
    Steve
    Author of... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack: Andersonstown.. Voices From 9 Battery Royal Artillery In Northern Ireland'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.... 'A Salford Pal: Pte Thomas Jay.'

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    Just to the left of the maker’s mark...
    Took me a while to spot it too!

    I stand corrected, Harry. It appears the Telact model was produced from 1907 - 1914.
    Much earlier than they look.

    Serial number indicates 1913, though I don’t know what the ‘R’ prefix denotes.

    Very nice indeed.

    Bob

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    These are German Zeiss made binoculars manufactured for The British Army before WW1. Of course, Zeiss stopped making British Army optics before 1914. In response to Steve's point, they do have a broad arrow next to the manufacturers mark.

    I have a very similar Zeiss pair dated 1909, also broad arrow marked.

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    I do see the broad arrow now... I spotted it before, but I rather stupidly put it down as a scratch! A nice set of bins.
    Author of... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack: Andersonstown.. Voices From 9 Battery Royal Artillery In Northern Ireland'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.... 'A Salford Pal: Pte Thomas Jay.'

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    Thank you so much for all the replies and help in identifying these Binoculars. They have as I say been in my wife's family probably since the second world war. But who knows, they may go back further than that in the family. Sadly there is know way to check that history now.

    Once again I thank you all for your replies, I will pass on the information to my wife.

    Ken

    I forgot to add that I hadn't seen the Broad Arrow by the name Telact either. Really thank you so much.

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