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…