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Unusual 1940 South African Binoculars and Case

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    Hey Guys,

    I thought I would post pictures of this set of binoculars and case that I have in my collection, as they both have Union of South Africa ownership marks.

    At first glance, this is a standard Canadian-made Pattern 1937 webbing binocular case without side buckles. I found it in Alaska a number of years ago.

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    If you open the lid, you find a nice crisp stamp of Zephyr Loom & Textile, Limited of Guelph, Ontario along with a Canadian government ownership stamp.

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    When you flip the case over, however, you find a Broad Arrow inside of the letter ‘U’, which is the ownership stamp of the Union of South Africa. The Union was supplied with a great deal of British and Canadian webbing early in the war, before domestic production increased.

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    Pulling the binoculars out, you find a standard pair of British Army binoculars. I found this pair in South Africa a couple of years ago.

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    They are ‘BINOCULARS, PRISMATIC, NUMBER 2, MARK II’.

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    This pair was made by Abram Kershaw and Son of Leeds, England in 1940.



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    A letter ‘U’ stamp was added to the preexisting Broad Arrow when this pair entered South African Service.

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    Very nice, Here's a set from the US angle I found in Johannesburg
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    Thanks for sharing your binoculars René! I love the hand carved South African Broad Arrow...does the case have an arrow as well?

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    Quote by karkee View Post
    Thanks for sharing your binoculars René! I love the hand carved South African Broad Arrow...does the case have an arrow as well?
    no but when I bought it the shopkeeper told me the fella was from Springs (my Wifes home town) and a school teacher there

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    Quote by reneblacky View Post
    no but when I bought it the shopkeeper told me the fella was from Springs (my Wifes home town) and a school teacher there
    Nice to have the provenance with an item like that!

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