Auction 42 - Rare and Important Items

"One-Eyed" Binoculars, Owned by Moshe Dayan from the Time he Was the IDF's Chief of the General Staff

Opening: $25,000
"One-eyed" binoculars, Monulux, 6X30 (Serial no. k-453279).
These binoculars served Moshe Dayan at the time when he was the IDF's chief of the general staff, during the Suez Crisis of 1956.
The binoculars were presented as a donation by Dayan for public auction in 1979, for the sake of the Association for the Wellbeing of Israel's Soldiers. Enclosed is a letter, written (and signed) by Dayan, in which he testifies that "I used the binoculars, meant for one eye, when I served as the IDF's chief of the general staff. I hope that it will assist you in your blessed activity as a lottery artifact. Please allow me to express on this opportunity my deep admiration to the act of volunteering which you – and especially the women among you - are engaged in, and that you carry without lethargy and with great loyalty".
Dayan (1915-1981) – One of the most prominent generals and politicians in the history of the state of Israel, one of the commanders of the Hagana, sereved as the fourth IDF's chief of the general staff and led it during the Suez Crisis, was a MK and a minister in different Israeli governments, security minister during the Six-Day War, the War of Attrition and the Yom Kippur War, minister of foreign affairs in the government of Menchem Begin during the time of the peace process with Egypt. His service as chief of the general staff has made great contribution to the formation of the IDF.
Binocular's length: 12.5 cm. Good condition (cracked plastic cover, designed for the protection of the lens). Original case, 13.5 cm.
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