old binoculars made in Japan

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Posted by Doug Clifford on August 07, 1999 at 23:05:01:

In Reply to: old binoculars made in Japan posted by Esther on August 07, 1999 at 22:40:56:

: I recently purchased at a yard sale some old binoculars. The seller was a woman in her late 50s or early 60s, and she said her late husband had used these binoculars in the Navy. They have no name brand, but say in English "ATCORITE coated lenses" and "7 x 35", and "1000 yards:350 feet". They came in an old leather case with "Made in Japan" stamped faintly on the outside. Would anyone have a clue as to the manufacturer? I'm just curious. Thanks for any help.

Manufacturer? No idea. How old? Probably made after April 1952 when the US occupation of Japan of Japan ended. Goods made before that date were supposed to be marked "Made in Occupied Japan" however Schroeder's Antiques Price Guide reports " By no means was all of the ware exported during that time marked 'Occupied Japan'; some was marked 'Japan' or 'Made in Japan'. It is thought that because of the natural resentment felt by the Japanese toward the occupation, only a fraction of these wares carried the 'Occupied ' mark....because of its limited use, only those with the 'Occupied Japan' mark are being collected to any great extent.

It is therefore likely that you do not have a collector's item. The reason lenses are coated is to reduce flare and improve contrast in the viewed image. In the absence of any US Navy markings, I doubt these binoculars were government issue. I don't find the phrase "atcorite coated" on any search engine. Sorry I can't be more helpful. You might try posting the same question in Ritz Collectibles online forum. (see link below.)

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