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Silver color Fata Morgana 4x Binoculars  (serial number #13203): Straw Pattern Decoration . Silberfarbenes „Fata Morgana“-Fernglas (Seriennummer 13203) sowie Strohmusterdekoration  Jumelles «Fata Morgana» en Aluminum—Motif de Paille. Серебристый «Fata Morgana» бинокль с ручкой и соломы оформление.Серийный номер 13203 Prismáticos «Fata Morgana» Color Plata, el Número de Serie 13203, con Decoración de Paja. Colore Argento «Fata Morgana» 4x binocolo (Numero di Serie 13203) e Decorazione con motivo di Paglia.

elegant woman using binoculars

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MINIATUUR JAPANSE VERREKIJKERS

MINIATUROWE LORNETKI

PIENOISKOOSKA JAPANILAINEN KIIKARIT

μικροσκοπικά κιάλια

ミニチュア双眼鏡

ống nhòm mini

مناظير مصغرة اليابانيةچھوٹے جاپانی دوربین

BINÓCULOS JAPONÊS EM MINIATURA

DÛRBÎN JAPANESE XWEBIXWE

دوربین دوچشمی ژاپنی مینیاتوری

MINIATUUR JAPANESE BINOCULAERS

MINIJATURNI JAPANSKI DALEKOZOR

MINIATURNÍ JAPONSKÉ DALEKOHLEDY

MALIIT NA LARAWAN JAPANESE LARGABISTA

MINIATYURA YAPONIYA DURBIN

BINOCOLO GIAPPONESE IN MINIATURA

TEROPONG KECIL JEPUN

TYHULASI AMANCINANE JAPANESE

ỐNG NH Ò M MINIATURE NH Â T BảN

సూక్ష్మ జపనీస్ దూరదర్శిని

மினியேச்சர் ஜப்பனீஸ் தொலைநோக்கியின்

KEKERAN  JEPANG MINIATUR

کوچني د جاپان د فير

CASRIGA GHADAFI JAPANESE

MINIJATURNI JAPANSKI DALEKOZORI

MINYATI LONGVI JAPON È

L Í TIL JAPANSKA SJ Ó NAUKI

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Silver color Fata Morgana 4x Binoculars  (serial number #6532): Straw Pattern Decoration . Silberfarbenes „Fata Morgana“-Fernglas (Seriennummer 6532) sowie Strohmusterdekoration  Jumelles «Fata Morgana» en Aluminum—Motif de Paille. Серебристый «Fata Morgana» бинокль с ручкой и соломы оформление.Серийный номер 6532 Prismáticos «Fata Morgana» Color Plata, el Número de Serie 6532, con Decoración de Paja. Colore Argento «Fata Morgana» 4x binocolo (Numero di Serie 6532) e Decorazione con motivo di Paglia.

Fata Morgana (serial no 13203) silver and black (unpainted aluminum?) binoculars with a “straw pattern” embossed design. This indicates that the straw [pattern design existed at least within the serial range of #6532-13203, and this is one of three known Fata Morgana binoculars with this straw pattern of embossing. This binocular probably had the straw pattern embossing on the frame, as is the case with the earlier examples #6532 and #8383 , but in this case was painted black, either originally, or perhaps later.

Fata Morgana (serial no 6532) all silver (unpainted aluminum?) binoculars with a “straw pattern” embossed design. This indicates that the straw [pattern design existed at least within the serial range of #6532-13203, and this is one of three known Fata Morgana binoculars with this straw pattern of embossing. Unlike #8383 and 13203, the straw pattern is all silver with no black wash.  Also there is no prism cover power marking (like “4x”).

Black Fata Morgana 4x Binoculars with Opera Glass or Lorgnette Handles (serial number #3880) Fata Morgana“-Fernglässer (4x) mit schwarzem Handgriff, Seriennummer 3880. Jumelles «Fata Morgana» Noires Avec Manches de Lorgnette de Spectacle, Numéro de Serie 3880. Черный «Fata Morgana» бинокль с телескопической ручкой. Серийный номер 3880. Negro «Fata Morgana» Prismáticos con una Empuñadura, el Número de Serie 3880 . Binocolo Nera «Fata Morgana» 4x con Maniglie (Numeri di Serie 3880).

Collection of Matthew Williamson, photos courtesy Matthew Williamson

These quite early black Fata Morgana binoculars with lorgnette handle serial #3880 are the earliest Fata Morgana binoculars with handle I am aware of, and thay have a number of interesting differences from (later) others of this type I have seen or own. The handle is iridescent. One prism cover has the Fata Morgana logo plus a styled emblem of a prismatic binocular. And the double jointed Lorgnette handle design on this allows the  mechanism to fold within the width of the binoculars and this is the only handle of this that design that I have seen on Fata Morgana binoculars. Only a small percentage of Fata Morgana binoculars of any pattern or decoration or finish seem to have been made with opera glass handles, and may be because these were a very expensive luxury item in comparison to readily available much less expensive ordinary non prismatic opera glasses with their handles.

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ABC/ Alfred Baumann Cassel Non Prismatic Opera Glasses. ABC/ Alfred Baumann Cassel Nichtprismatisches Opernglas. Verres d'opéra non Prismatiques ABC/ Alfred Baumann Cassel. Непризматические оперные очки ABC/ Альфреда Баумана Касселя. Gafas de ópera no Prismáticas ABC / Alfred Baumann Cassel. ABC/ Alfred Baumann Cassel Binocolo da Teatro non Prismatico.

Optisch Werst ä tten Alfred Bauman of Cassel (Kassel), apparently also made and/or marketed a non prismatic more conventional Galilean opera glass, marked with their ABC logo as used on the prismatic Fata Morgana and Optistar binoculars. These appear to be made of the molded bakelite resin that had been developed in 1907 ( Polyoxybenzylmethylenglycolanhydride).

MARK OHNO ミニチュア双眼鏡 миниатюрные бинокли

Siamese Cat with Miniature Binoculars.
Bonito Gato con binoculares en miniatura.
Joli Chat avec jumelles miniature.
Hubsche Katz mit miniatur fernglas.
Vacker katt med miniatur kikare.
Grazioso gatto con binocolo in miniatura. Cat with binoculars.
Chat avec jumelles.
Katze mit fernglas.
Katze mit fernglas.
Gato con binoculares.
Katt med kikare.
Gatto com il binocolo.
Kat met verrekijker.
Katt med kikkert.
Kot z lornetka.
Kocka s dalekohled.
Mand med tavcsovel.Macska tavcsovel.Kissa kiikariella.
Gato com binoculos.
Kakis ar binokli.
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Alfred Baumann Cassel Fata Morgana Binoculars Promotional Envelope. Alfred Baumann Cassel Fata Morgana Fernglas Werbeumschlag. Alfred Baumann Cassel Fata Morgana Envelope Promotionelle des Jumelles. Alfred Baumann Cassel Busta Promozionale Binocolo Fata Morgana. Alfred Baumann Cassel Sobre Promocional de Binoculars Fata Morgana.

Alfred Bauman Fata Morgana envelope to A. Leitz Co San Francisco Ca., USA, Collection of Mark Ohno (with help of Ron Rosen)

This interesting envelope from Alfred Bauman was addressed to A. Lietz Co. of 61 Post St., San Francisco Ca (also with facilities at 632-634 Commercial St., San Francisco Ca.), a distributor of optical, surveying, mechanical drawing , barometric & temperature, and scientific instruments and manufacturer of scientific instruments. The California State library holds their 1926 catalog (which has Hensoldt binoculars), and the Smithsonian Museum holds other catalogs (which I have not seen). I am having trouble understanding the postmark date (expert suggestions welcome).

Guilded Fata Morgana with Mother of Pearl Opera Glass or Lorgnette Handle. Vergoldete Fata Morgana mit Perlmutt-Opernglas oder Lorgnette-Griff. Fata Morgana dorée avec poignée en verre d'opéra en nacre ou en lorgnette. Позолоченная фата-моргана с перламутровым оперным стеклом или ручкой лорнета.   Fata Morgana dorada con cristal de ópera de nácar o mango de Lorgnette. マザー オブ パール オペラ グラスまたはロルネット ハンドルを備えたギルド ファタ モルガナ。

Some of my lorgnette handle Fata Morgana binoculars use a slotted positive lock primary pivot, a foolproof method of design that locks the handles into a predetermined angle. For example my guilded Fata Morgana with telescoping long lorgnette handle binoculars serial numbers 12679, 12691, 14971, 20241, have the positive lock pivot.

Fata Morgana binoculars with Lorgnette Handles: Slotted Pivot or Friction Pivot. Fata Morgana Fernglas mit Lorgnette-Griffen: Geschlitzter Drehpunkt oder Friktionsdrehpunkt. Jumelles Fata Morgana avec poignées Lorgnette: Pivot fendu ou pivot à friction. Бинокли Fata Morgana с ручками Lorgnette: шарнир с прорезями или фрикционный шарнир. Prismáticos Fata Morgana con empuñaduras Lorgnette: pivote ranurado o pivote de fricción.

Some of my lorgnette handle Fata Morgana binoculars use a screw tension friction primary pivot, a somewhat problematic method to hold the handle at an angle. For example my embossed Fata Morgana with short lorgnette handle binoculars serial number 8383 and my black Fata Morgana binoculars with short lorgnette handle binoculars serial numbers 14133, and 21228 have friction pivots. However my guilded Fata Morgana with extra long double lorgnette handle binoculars serial number 22366 also have a friction pivot.

Fata Morgan binoculars with lorgnette handles use two different types of pivots: a friction pivot mostly on short handle models, and a positive lock slot pivot mostly on telescoping long handle models.

Guilded fata morgana binoculars were a small fraction of fata morgana binocular production. And lornette handle fata morgana models were a very small fraction of fata morgana production, with most black or various shades of cream or white bakelite. Mother of pearl handled lorgnette handle were apparently an extremely small fraction of lorgnette handled fata morgana binoculars production. A small fraction of lorgnette handled fata morgana binoculars were double fold extra long handles. A fraction of lorgnette handled fata morgana binoculars used a friction pivot, which works poorly to fix the angle of the relatively heavy binoculars on the handle. Most used a positive locking slot arrangement. So my guilded fata morgana binoculars serial number 22366 with mother of pearl lorgnette handle, friction pivot, and extra long double pivot handle are quite unusual.