A pair of rare vintage British JH Steward Rectiform 8×40 Wide Angle military binoculars in original leather case.
Objective lens diameter: 40mm
Large eye lens diameter: 20mm
Individual eyepiece focusing.
Wide Angle field of view.
Dimensions (when binoculars fully open): 195mm (W) x 160mm (H) x 55mm (D)
Weight: just under 1.10kg
Markings on plates: J. H. Steward Ltd., 406 Strond , London. Rectiform 8×40 Wide Angle.
The binoculars are in good working condition with correct collimation and nice images for their age.
Comes in original leather case.
Wear and tear to the binoculars body and to the leather case appropriate with age.
Please see photos for further details.
Some historical information about JH Steward:
James Henry Steward (1817–1896) were opticians and scientific instrument makers and became established as J.H. Steward in London in 1852. They advertised themselves as a “Head Optician” and on the 1st of February 1913 became incorporated as J.H. Steward Limited. The company produced a large range of items for military use and advertised in their catalogues that they produced instruments for ‘reconnoitering, sketching, night Marching, signaling and gun Laying’.
Detailed information about when these binoculars were produced has not yet been found, but it seems that this binoculars model is extremely rare in the market. By comparing the workmanship and technology of the similar vintage binoculars which were produced by British and German makers, it looks that these binoculars were probably made between WW1 and WW2 (eg. during 1920s-1930s). Nevertheless, this information is for reference or discussion purpose only. Customer comments and suggestions will be much appreciated.
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