New user here:
I've been attempting to research the manufacture date/ time frame of binoculars I inherited from my grandmother (from Germany). After a ton of research and posting on the beginner forum I was advised I may be able to find out more here. Here is what I've been able to derive from the helpful people here, and my family in Germany:
- "The word "KASSEL" on the binoculars refers to the city of Kassel, Germany. While only 50 km (30 miles) from the former inner-German border, the city was never in the former East Germany. If the Heine optical company existed during World War II, it almost certainly produced items for the military. A quick search on google yielded nothing substantial on Heine & Co. in Kassel. There are several private sales ads for those Heine "Ranger" binoculars."
- On a binoculars website, someone wrote: "It is kind of sad that Spindler & Hoyer, Dr. Wohler, Hertel and Reuss, Heine, and other Kassel makers couldn't compete with Zeiss and Leica."
- As per a friendly user on the beginner forum - "...it appears your binoculars were made in the 1950s or 60s."
- A German court ruled in 1973 that the merchandise mark "Germany" or "Made in Germany" did not allow someone to distinguish between West Germany and East Germany (GDR), so the marks changed accordingly.
After tons of research I read that this forum be able to help. I'm wondering the year or at least decade it was manufactured in (at least verify if the 50s/60s is indeed correct) and if they were manufactured for war time use at all. I speculated that my great grandfather who fought for Germany on the Russian front may have used them but I'm not sure that's true now.
Attached please find pictures. If there's anything else I can provide please let me know.
Thank you in advance for the help!