Prism Binoculars


The Zeiss Optical Co. in Jena developed this type of prism binoculars in the 1890s. This example, made by Bausch & Lomb for the U.S. Army Signal Corps, was issued to Leigh Patterson Jerrard, an artillery officer with the 42nd (Rainbow) Division. Jerrard was sent to France to observe German positions and possible targets during World War I. He took the binoculars home in 1918. At the time of World War II, he lent them to the War Department for use by the Navy Bureau of Ships. The binoculars were then returned to Jerrard, and his son donated them to the Museum. The binoculars are marked: "BAUSCH & LOMB OPTICAL CO. ROCHESTER, N.Y." and "U.S. NAVY" and "No. 1533-1942" and "BU. SHIPS” and L.P. JERRARD."

Date Made: ca 1915-1917

Maker: Bausch & Lomb

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, Rochester

Subject: World War I


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Credit Line: Richard Jerrard

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2009.0225.01Accession Number: 2009.0225Catalog Number: 2009.0225.01

Object Name: binoculars

Physical Description: metal (overall material)glass (overall material)Measurements: overall: 4 1/4 in x 5 1/2 in; 10.795 cm x 13.97 cmoverall in case: 6 1/8 in x 7 3/8 in x 3 5/8 in; 15.5575 cm x 18.7325 cm x 9.2075 cm


Record Id: nmah_1372147

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