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Major Clarence Templeton lay sprawled on his belly in the tall grass. He raised his field glasses and scanned the ridge line 200 yards in front of him. The hair on the back of his neck rose as something caught his eye along the ridge.

“We have movement,” he whispered to the two men that lay on the ground next to him. “Looks like three...correction...make that four targets, range 200 yards.”

The other men raised their binoculars, glassed the ridge line and gasped in disbelief.

“They’re Eastern Sooty’s alright, I’m one hundred percent certain.” The Major said with confidence. “I’ve never seen them this far north.”

The man immediately next to him pulled out a notebook and began to scribble, “August 2,1926, 14:12 hours, Four Eastern Sooty Terns sighted, 20 miles north of Portsmouth, Maine.

Clarence and his two buddies had formed the Portsmouth Maine Birdwatchers club a few years prior when their wives got together and decided the three retired U.S. Army officers needed to take up a hobby and “get out of the house.” The men took bird watching to a new level, applying their military disciplines to seeking, sighting and meticulously logging each bird sighting. And, if the men were still alive today they would tell you, that is exactly why they were able to sight a wayward group of Eastern Sooty Terns back in the summer of ’26.


Here's a fabulous pair of binoculars/opera glasses with original black leather case made in France probably in the 1910's . They are 4.5" (12cm) X 3.5" (9cm). The wide end has 1.5" (4cm) lens. This all steel construction with brass eye pieces that are painted flat black inside. Inside each eye piece is embossed with "LE JOCKEY CLUB PARIS". The barrels are wrapped in brown leather. They also have a central focusing dial. These working glasses look like they are 8 power. Would make a grand addition to your steampunk collection or a great gift for an optics collector.

This compact pair of binoculars is in good condition consider they are probably 100 years old. The lens are clear and free of cracks and the focus is crisp. There is a small ding on exterior ring of one of the eye pieces. There is a worn off piece of leather (see photos) on one of the barrels. We found no rust anywhere and the eye piece and lens still nice and snug. The leather case is also in very good condition with no cracks and the latch works well.

We also have these binoculars for sale: https://www.etsy.com/listing/98010783/1950s-saiko-aurora-binoculars-with

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Antique Le Jockey Club Paris Binoculars - Opera Glasses with Case "Steampunk Splendor"


  • Vintage item from the 1910s
  • Materials: glass, leather, steel, brass
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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