Guide to Barr & Stroud binoculars


The following is a table of Barr & Stroud models which were produced between 1950 and 1971 with approximate dates of manufacture.

Model number Specification Production run Focus type
CF5 6x24 1930-1962 Central
CF19/CF19A 6x24 1930-1962 Independent
CF10 6x30.5 1929-? Central
CF20/CF20A 6x30.5 1929-? Independent
CF18 8x30.5 1929-1971 Central
CF38/CF38A 8x30.5 1929-1971 IF version of CF18
CF24 8x30.5 1932-1971 Central
CF27/CF27A 8x30.5 1932-1971 Independent
CF43 10x42 1948-1971 Central
CF53/CF53A 10x43 1948-1971 Independent
CF28 7x42 ? Independent
CF29/CF29A 7x42 Up to ~1970 Central
CF30/CF30A 7x50 1932 to ~1965 Independent
CF31 7x50 1934-? Central
CF60 7x50 1969-1971 Independent
CF37 10x50 1948-1966 Central
CF47/CF47A 10x50 1948-? Independent
CF39 12x50 1948-? Central
CF49/CF49A 12x50 1948-? Independent
CF46 15x60 1949-? Central
CF56/CF56A 15x60 1949-? Independent

Source: Compiled from information in 'We're certainly not afraid of Zeiss - Barr & Stroud binoculars and the Royal Navy' by William Reed (published 2001).

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You can date your Barr & Stroud binoculars from this guide published by the University of Glasgow Archive Services.

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"trying to date binouclars which belonged to my late father in law" Valerie Frame 25/05/2015

"I have a pair of Barr & Stroud binoculars, 45 degree angle elbow, x15 type cn17, No 392.
Can you date these please.
Thanks Dennis." dennis walker 22/10/2015

"Can you give any information on a pair of CF36, serial 96454,10x50 magnification(Not x12).Many Thanks rob" robert pegg 10/02/2016

"Please Can you date Monocular CF19A 121797
Les Fox." Les Fox 09/03/2016

"I have a set of CF37 serial number 124977 what age would these be" Mick gosling 04/12/2016

"I have Barr & Stroud Binoculars CF 40. 7x
Serial no 10404
Other marks include AP No 1900A.
Are you able to give any information about them. Thank you Nick" Nick Bevitt 30/05/2017

"I have a boxed stowage set of Barr & Stroud Ltd Binoculars Type GK5 No. 857 AC2030... are they military ? Reference to 1942 Patents stampedcupon them ? Any details" Nigel Pritchett 19/06/2017

"I have a Barr & Stroud binocular which shows a 10X CF .37
Serial number is103577
Focus is via the left side eyepiece, then via the central round knob
Would appreciate if you are able to date this for me.
Thanks very much.
David Bevan" David Bevan 28/07/2017

"Have a 12x monoculture CF49A with thick leather case . Can you supply age & poss value ,good condition ." John Spriggs 30/07/2017

" I have a barr and Stroud binocular which is a CF 60, they are in very good condition . Are they worth having a service ,and are they worth anything if so could you please advise. Many thanks Brian may" Brian may 13/02/2018

"I have a Barr and Stroud binocular with serial number 41447. And cf 41 can you please tell me the year these were made please." Wayne Hankey 01/05/2018

"I work in a charity shop and and pair of cf37 10 x have come in would u be able to to give me a date plus valuation and advise whether they were military or naval
Thankyou" Alan kelly 19/09/2018

"Hi Alan,
You can check the exact date using the link above and the serial number. Using the guide on this page they were made between 1948 and 1966. As for value, I'd suggest £100 to £150 for a top pair in top condition and perfect optics with the original case.

best regards" Steven 19/09/2018

"Very helpful data ,suggest WilliamReids book “ we are certainly not afraid of Zeiss”DIAHI" John tate 18/02/2019

"Can someone help me date my cf41 binoculars serial no.58750 ..ap no. 1900" Buckaroo 17/09/2020

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