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Heine & Co. Ranger Binoculars - Dating (Manufacture Year)

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#1 Ladder8fire

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Posted 19 November 2020 - 09:25 AM

Hello All,

 

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!

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#2 Ladder8fire

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Posted 19 November 2020 - 09:33 AM

Adding the front of the case

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Posted 19 November 2020 - 01:17 PM

It is not imaginable that a Nazi German manufacturer would have used the word "Ranger". Your binos are post WWII, and if made in Germany, then in the western part.

 

Did you ever check with these folks?

https://www.heine.com/en_US/about-us


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Posted 15 January 2021 - 04:57 PM

Hello Ladder8fire,

I am German and collect binoculars that were made in my home town of Kassel.


Your grandmother's binoculars were made by the company Christoph Beck & Söhne. They produced binoculars, microscopes and other optical devices from 1892 until the late 1970s.

Catalogues from the 1930s and the early post-war period offered a 6x36 model called Dilecto. Heine & Co. seems to have been a brand name for the USA. I only know of the 7x35 model from the post-war period from advertisements in the US and UK markets, apparently there were quite a few of them....


From your pictures and the low serial number, your example seems to have been made in the first half of the 1950s.

All the best - Winfried

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#5 Ladder8fire

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Posted 17 January 2021 - 08:09 AM

That's awesome! Thank you for sharing!!


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