These binoculars, by Carl Zeiss in Jena, were the 1st piece in my militaria collection.
The bakelite cover with leather strap, marked "1940 Hensoldt - Wetzlar", were aqcuired later (together).

The serial number indicates production in 1939 as a lightweight version."H/6400" (relating to the grid ("Reticle")
in the right eye), is the scale of the ranging grid.The axle cover with "Interpupillary Distance scale" is unfortunatly missing.

[Lightweight materials & date]

It is uncommon to find a Waffenamt stamped Zeiss 6x30, and of these, most were given a Swedish crown and number stamp as they entered Swedish service after the war.

[Swedish post-war contract]




Presumably obtained while sailing the Western Scheldt or more inland, this heirloom probably saw post-war usage by a relative.
Made by Carl Zeiss in Jena, it is one of a batch of 1000 made in March 1940 with rubber eyepieces (unfortunatly missing) for use with goggles/gasmasks.


"T" (transparenz-belag) indicating a clear coat used on the optics, the Roman numerals are from the company test department. Source:
These "Artl." marked examples saw use with coastal artillery but also on big ships and even U-boats, other known markings (followed by #) are "N","O", "Artl a" and "Fla. (Kuste)". 

[Varied use]