Prism Binoculars

Prism Binoculars

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Description
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."
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
binoculars
date made
ca 1915-1917
maker
Bausch & Lomb
place made
United States: New York, Rochester
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 cm
overall 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
ID Number
2009.0225.01
accession number
2009.0225
catalog number
2009.0225.01
Credit Line
Richard Jerrard
subject
World War I
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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