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Offline susieroe

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Old binoculars
« on: Monday 23 September 19 13:24 BST (UK) »
My friend has this pair of binoculars, about which he knows nothing. They must have been in his Dad's things when they cleared the house; his Dad was in WW2 but I believe had a clerical job (in the War Office?). They look very similar to this pair:-

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Antique-pair-of-binoculars-long-view-antique-french-antique-binoculars/192849889964?hash=item2ce6bfcaac:g:9LEAAOSwM6VcgT0u

except that the middle section is brass. They are 7.5 inches tall. There are letters and numbers stamped into the black metal: 
N. S. L
7  766
On the opposite side, there are 3 tiny dots stamped into the left hand part, with 1 dot on the right part.

We thought they looked military, and wondered if any of you might recognise them, the age, where they were made (There's no more writing on them).
Roe,Wells, Bent, Kemp, Weston
Bruin, Gillam, Hurd/Heard, Timson, All in Leicestershire. Keats (Kates)

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Re: Old binoculars
« Reply #1 on: Monday 23 September 19 15:28 BST (UK) »
N. S. L is National Service League

7  766 is a unique N. S. L serial number

A WW1 scheme to obtain donated field glasses from members of the public, for use by the armed forces. It was intended to return the glasses to the owners after the end of hostilities.

http://archive.spectator.co.uk/article/11th-september-1915/16/field-glasses-for-the-troops

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Service_League


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Re: Old binoculars
« Reply #2 on: Monday 23 September 19 17:13 BST (UK) »
tonepad, thank you so much.  :)  That helps so much with the background. It's interesting if they were returned, as they seem to have been. I think around that time they could only have been owned/lent by one of my friend's lines. I now know that they come from at least that era, and maybe older. Again, thank you, I appreciate your help and interest.   
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Re: Old binoculars
« Reply #3 on: Monday 23 September 19 18:00 BST (UK) »
  That is interesting. I have a similar pair, which came from my husband's family. It gives me an idea of their age, which I have never really investigated.
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Kent, Felton, Essex
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