MINIATURE BINOCULAR BRAND (handled)  SWIFT BINOCULARS, APOLLO BINOCULARS

FULL SIZE BINOCULAR BRANDS: (UK TM owner) ROSS LONDON BINOCULARS & TELESCOPES, PATHFINDER BINOCULARS & MONOCULARS, SOLARCROSS

FULL SIZE BINOCULAR BRANDS: (distributed and/or imported ) SWIFT BINOCULARS, AUDUBON BINOCULARS, TRITON BINOCULARS, TECNAR BINOCULARS, TECHNAR BINOCULARS, SCOUT BINOCULARS, SARATOGA BINOCULARS, SKIPPER BINOCULARS, NEWPORT BINOCULARS, PANORAMIC BINOCULARS

PRIMARY SOURCES OF INFORMATION: UK COMPANIES HOUSE, PHOTO TRADE WORLD YEARBOOK & DIRECTORY 1969, UK INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OFFICE

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Surprised woman watching skunks with binoculars Observing tractor pull With Binoculars Baby with Miniature binoculars Watching for Alligators with Miniature binoculars Text Box: VINTAGE MINIATURE BINOCULARS

Japanese External Reverse Porro Prism Binoculars.  Binoculars MUSEUM

 

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Please note: a great amount of effort has been made to try to be as accurate as possible. But  information about distribution tends to be scarce and fragmentary, and errors or misinterpretation are possible and/or probable. Please keep in mind that any errors are unintentional, and will be cheerfully corrected upon notification And that this is a not for profit attempt to document otherwise unavailable aspects of binocular history by optics enthusiasts, for the benefit of optics enthusiasts. The distinction between Japanese manufacturers, exporters, and distributors and importing country wholesale and retail distribution may be blurred, so I have been generous about inclusion.

GRAFTON OPTICAL CO. LTD. (UK)

BRANDS W/ MINIATURE BINOCULAR: (distributed, perhaps imported ) ZUIHO BINOCULARS

FULL SIZE BINOCULAR BRANDS: (probably distributed, perhaps imported ) EXCELSIOR BINOCULARS, LUXO STAR BINOCULARS,

PRIMARY SOURCES OF INFORMATION: PHOTO TRADE WORLD YEARBOOK & DIRECTORY 1969/ FOUNTAIN PRESS UK, UK (GOVT) COMPANIES HOUSE 

Grafton Optical Co of 1 & 3 Worship St. London EC2 UK (in 1969) was incorporated on 7/1/1954. The company seems to still operate at River Park industrial Estate, Billet La, Berkhamstead,  UK as a wholesale distributor of ophthalmology optical equipment.

CENTURY OPTICAL CO. LTD. (UK)

MINIATURE BINOCULAR BRANDS: (distributed, perhaps imported ) MANON BINOCULARS, PERL BINOCULARS, MICRON BINOCULARS

FULL SIZE BINOCULAR BRANDS: (probably distributed, perhaps imported ) PSAR BINOCULARS,  SIXETTE BINOCULARS, SPERBER BINOCULARS, TELEMAN BINOCULARS, HEURTEL & REUSS, HULL BINOCULARS, BECK KASSEL OCTETTE BINOCULARS, PANDEKAR BINOCULARS, PANSEPTAR BINOCULARS, PICCOLO BINOCULARS, MAGNOCTAR BINOCULARS.

PRIMARY SOURCES OF INFORMATION: PHOTO TRADE WORLD YEARBOOK & DIRECTORY 1969/ FOUNTAIN PRESS UK, UK (GOVT) COMPANIES HOUSE, OPTICAL YEAR BOOK 1971

Century OptIcal Co of 164-6 Tottenham Road Court London W1 UK (in 1969) was dissolved 8/3/1994. Additional records were archived by Companies House and made unavailable. A listing in “Autocar” indicates they were active by 1960. It is confirmed by documentation in the 1971 World Trade Yearbook that Century Optical specifically distributed Perl 6x15 miniature binoculars, and Perl 8x20 miniature binoculars in the UK.

GREENHILL AND ELLIS (OPTICAL) LTD. (UK)

Greenhill & Ellis Ad 1969

MINIATURE BINOCULAR BRANDS: (probably distributed ) GREENKAT BINOCULARS

FULL SIZE BINOCULAR BRANDS: (probably distributed) GREENKAT BINOCULARS,

PRIMARY SOURCES OF INFORMATION: PHOTO TRADE WORLD YEARBOOK & DIRECTORY 1969/ FOUNTAIN PRESS UK, CHEMIST AND DRUGGIST 1964, 1967 BRITSH JOURNAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Greenhill and Ellis Ltd. of Long House Dominion St London EC2 UK (in 1964 & 1969) is confirmed by documentation to have specifically distributed Greenkat 6x18 miniature binoculars in the UK in 1969, and showed them at a trade show in 1967.The company had a change of name in 1977, but there is a glitch in deserializing the digital record at Company’s house. This collection holds a 1967 Greenkat catalog. To view it go to RESEARCH MATERIALS #1 .

J.J. SILBER LTD. (UK)

BRANDS W/ MINIATURE BINOCULAR: (distributed and/or imported ) HANSA BINOCULARS, GLANZ BINOCULARS

FULL SIZE BINOCULAR BRANDS: (probably distributed, perhaps imported ) DENKAR BINOCULARS, CANON BINOCULARS

PRIMARY SOURCES OF INFORMATION: PHOTO TRADE WORLD YEARBOOK & DIRECTORY 1969/ FOUNTAIN PRESS UK, UK (GOVT) COMPANIES HOUSE, BRITISH JOURNAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY VOL 123 1976

J.J. Silber Ltd of 11 Northburgh St London EC1 UK (in 1969) was incorporated on 2/10/1952, and was apparently dissolved around 1992. During the 1970’s the company was located at Engineers Way, Wembley, Middlesex and distributed a wide variety of photographic equipment including Balda cameras in the 1950s, Cannon products later, and accessories under their own brands Optomax, Adcam, Ranger Pix, Ranger Vision, and Ranger Vizion.

PULLIN PHOTOGRAPHIC LTD.  (UK)

MINIATURE BINOCULAR BRANDS: (distributed and/or imported ) NIKON BINOCULARS

FULL SIZE BINOCULAR BRANDS: (distributed and/or imported ) NIKON BINOCULARS,

PRIMARY SOURCES OF INFORMATION: PHOTO TRADE WORLD YEARBOOK & DIRECTORY 1969/ FOUNTAIN PRESS UK

Pullin Photographic Ltd was listed as being at 11 Aintree Rd Perivale Greenford Middlesex.

It is confirmed by documentation in the Photo Trade Yearbook 1969 that Pullin specifically distributed the Nikon 7x15 miniature binoculars in the UK.

PURSER’S LONDON (HOLBORN) LTD. (UK)

MINIATURE BINOCULAR BRANDS: (distributed?) LUNA BINOCULARS , SUPREMA BINOCULARS, CORTINA BINOCULAR, GREENKAT BINOCULARS

  FULL SIZE BINOCULAR BRANDS: (distributed?) GREENKAT BINOCULARS, BARR & STROUD BINOCULARS, LUNA BINOCULARS,

PRIMARY SOURCES OF INFORMATION: PHOTO TRADE WORLD YEARBOOK & DIRECTORY 1969/ FOUNTAIN PRESS UK

It is confirmed by documentation that Pursers specifically distributed Cortina 7x18 miniature binoculars, Cortina 7x15 miniature binoculars, Cortina 8x 20 miniature binoculars, and Cortina 10x20 miniature binoculars, presumably among other miniature binoculars. No companies house information could be found.

MINIATURE BINOCULAR BRANDS: (probably distributed, perhaps imported ) SCOPE BINOCULARS , BELVEDERE BINOCULARS, SIMOR BINOCULARS, ORION BINOCULARS

FULL SIZE BINOCULAR BRANDS: (probably distributed, perhaps imported ) REGENT BINOCULARS, REGENTLUX BINOCULARS, HENSOLDT BINOCULARS, SLIMLINE BINOCULARS, STERN HARTMANN BINOCULARS, KARL HARTMAN BINOCULARS, NEWMARKET BINOCULARS, EPSOM BINOCULARS, FERNSEH BINOCULARS, ORION BINOCULARS, STERN BINOCULARS, HARTMANN BINOCULARS, VIPER BINOCULARS, ZEIKA BINOCULARS

PRIMARY SOURCES OF INFORMATION: PHOTO TRADE WORLD YEARBOOK & DIRECTORY 1969/ FOUNTAIN PRESS UK

HIGHGATE OPTICAL & INDUSTRIAL CO. (UK)

E. HILL & CO LTD (UK)

BRANDS W/ MINIATURE BINOCULAR: : (importer & distributors) SOLUS BINOCULARS, COMET BINOCULARS, ZENITH BINOCULARS, MERCURY BINOCULARS, OLYMPIC BINOCULARS, CONDOR BINOCULARS

FULL SIZE BINOCULAR BRANDS: (importer & distributor) HILKINSON BINOCULARS, BECK KASSEL OZELOT/DIORIT BINOCULARS, DEKAREM BINOCULARS, BINOCTEM BINOCULARS, KOLIBRI BINOCULARS, LUCHS BINOCULARS, PENTEKAREM BINOCULARS, PLANET BINOCULARS, DELTRINTEM BINOCULARS, DELTRINO BINOCULARS, KOBOLD BINOCULARS, MARE BINOCULARS, CARL ZEISS THURMON/SILVEREM BINOCULARS

PRIMARY SOURCES OF INFORMATION: PHOTO TRADE WORLD YEARBOOK & DIRECTORY 1969/ FOUNTAIN PRESS UK

Highgate OptIcal and Industrial Co was listed as occupying 71-3 Great Portland St., London W1 UK and related Highgate Optical Manufacturing Co was listed at 184  Gt Portland St London W1 (in 1969). No record could be found under that name at UK Companies House. It is confirmed by documentation that Highgate Optical specifically distributed Orion 8x20 miniature binoculars, presumably among others.

E. Hill & Co of Hilkinson Works, Potters Rd, New Barnet, Herts was established in the 1930’s. . It is confirmed by documentation that E. Hill & Co specifically distributed Solus 8x20 miniature binoculars in the UK in the late 1960’s. Hilkinson was a brand used by E. Hill on a variety of optical products, including binoculars, telescopes, monoculars, linen testers, and magnifiers. The Hilkinson brand is still in use.

E. ESDAILE AND SONS PTY LTD (AUSTRALIA)

MINIATURE BINOCULAR BRANDS: (believed owned ) ESDAILE & SONS SYDNEY BINOCULARS

PRIMARY SOURCES OF INFORMATION: E. ESDAILE & SONS (book: State Library of New South Wales), TROVE, (obituary of founder), ESDAILE FAMILY HISTORY

E. Esdaile Optician was founded as a manufacturing Optician around 1894, and later became  E. Esdaile and Sons around 1947, and was located at 11 Hunter St and later 42 Hunter St., Sydney, New South Wales Australia. They sold and/or distributed optical goods and scientific instruments from around 1894-1962, including binoculars, barometers, barographs, levels, stop watches and drafting equipment. This included miniature pattern binoculars marked ESDAILE & SONS SYDNEY

PYSER BRITEX SALES LTD.

SWIFT-PYSER/ PYSER SGI (UK)

Pyser Britex Advertisement 1969

Hygate Optical Advertisement 1969

Pyser Britex Sales Ltd. 246/250 Regent St London UK also Firecroft Way, Edenbridge Kent, UK (under this and several similar names) were the distributor for Swift Optical goods including binoculars. It is confirmed by documentation that Pyser Britex specifically distributed Swift 7x18 miniature binoculars and Swift Sport 7x25 miniature binoculars, presumably among others. Pyser –Britex Ltd was incorporated Nov 4, 1953. Pyser Britex also distributed microscopes and telescopes.

RANK PHOTOGRAPHIC (UK)

BRANDS W/ MINIATURE BINOCULAR: : (distributed ?) ASAHI OPTICAL BINOCULARS

FULL SIZE BINOCULAR BRANDS: (distributed ?) ASAHI OPTICAL BINOCULARS 

PRIMARY SOURCES OF INFORMATION: PHOTO TRADE WORLD YEARBOOK & DIRECTORY 1969/ FOUNTAIN PRESS UK 

Rank Photographic was listed at Aintree Rd, Perivale, Greenford, Middlesex. ). I could find no UK Companies House information on them.

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L’OPTIC MODERN LTD. (UK)

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BRANDS W/ MINIATURE BINOCULAR: : (distributed ?) SKYBOLT BINOCULARS, GLORY BINOCULARS, BELVEDERE BINOCULARS

FULL SIZE BINOCULAR BRANDS: (distributed ?) ROSS BINOCULARS, CARL ZEISS BINOCULARS, SAARBOURG BINOCULARS, BOSCHE BINOCULARS, L’OM BINOCULARS, FERNSEH BINOCULARS 

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