Binoculars Cases

We have looked at British Binoculars a few times on this blog, however today we are going to consider the cases they went into. I have two binocular cases in my collection- a 37 pattern and a later 44 pattern example. The similarities and differences between these two cases show the development of the two webbing sets, with the 44 pattern benefiting from the practical experience of the Second World War.


37 Pattern Case

The 37 pattern case is a hard fibre case, covered in tan webbing secured at the front with a press stud:


On the rear are ‘c’ hooks to secure it to the belt and at the top to allow it to attach to a compass pouch:


Inside the lid is stamped the manufacturer’s mark M.E.Co and the date of 1941:


The two buckles on the sides of the case indicates its a second pattern case, as the buckets allow a shoulder strap to be attached so the case can be slung over the shoulder.


44 Pattern Case

The 44 pattern case is a green soft case rather than being made of the stiff fibre of the earlier case. It is fastened with a quick release buckle on the front:



The buckles are in rust proof metal and the webbing is rot proofed as it is designed for the jungle. The rear has the same style of hooks as the earlier design- clearly showing that we are looking at evolution rather than revolution:


Inside is the stamp for the manufacturer (not readable unfortunately) and the date 1952:


I like both these cases and yes I have a pair of binoculars for each one…









  1. The stripped binoculars are a type that were exported to most european contries as “blanks”. Then resellers added their name and put a name of the bino’s on them. They are easy to reconise by the “ports” to be opened at front and sometimes behind covers, no other design offer these that in teori make acces to the prisms forcleaning and colomination. Names like Moreau – Teigne Paris 8 X. , — ARMEE MODELL, STEREO, PRISMEN BINOCLE, 8x VERGROSS, in germany , they were within the lot of small fairly cheap binoculars many soldiers bought as an alternative to the army’s simple “theater bino” models with a max 5X.
    Another very popular model were the “”Telepax” G.Fournier Paris. 8X20″ , a quite flat porro binocular fit for a pocket and offcaurse the “The Folding Minim” 5.5 x 16 by Negretti & Zambra London — but not manufactored by Negretti & Zambra, they had sole rights from J.H.Barton. who manufactored them and had the patent for this extreemly expensive gadged. — about the folding Minin, in June 1915 the War Office purchased 250 folding MINIMs from Negretti and Zambra for distribution to the Army, then posted to the Western Front. Only one pair of these were later recovered. But the important issue are that these “war binoculars” were distribuated in many contries under various names.

      • Exactly, this is a design I often see put for sale on Ebay, and it is a fine pair of binoculars of it’s time. But the story they tell are more that of “blanks” being exported and sold under various names in different contries, even those in conflict. Our collection cover several such items, it’s a long story, These 8X were also sold in a 7X version and easy to reconise when you first know what to look for . They are good quality, — they must be near 100 year old.

  2. Regarding the 37 Pattern Case I know that a Blue/Grey version for RAF personnel was issued,
    Hope it helps.
    Lt.Col. Alfonso Ludovici

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