Here is a complete set used by a German sniper during WWI. The scope was made by Oigee in Berlin, model Luxor 3x. The scope, mounts and carrying case bear the G98 serial number 7368 bb. The case also comes with its little cleaning brush and mount adjustement key.
The well-known picture below shows a German sniper aiming through a similar scope from its trench during WWI. Note the carrying case attached to its belt.
This scope was made by Carl Zeiss in Jena. The Zielvier 4×81 model characteristics were used as a standard for the “ZF39” denomination. Following its meter dial and serial number, this scope was probably used by the Reichswehr in the late 20’s or early 30’s.
Below you can see two pictures both showing German snipers using K98k mounted with Zeiss Zielvier scopes on turret mount.
I.O.R. 4,25 X 28 scope with its original mount, used on VZ24 rifle during WWII era.
This ZF.41 complete set was dug out in Russia, where it was used on the easter front. Some markings are still visible on the mount and carrying can. Interesting fact is that it came with its original knarinol cloth and dust brush (not pictured).
Here is an early Z.F.41 made by Emil Busch A-G in Rathenow (code cxn). The “K.F.” marking (Kältefest) indicates that the scope was lubricated with cold-resistant grease “Invarol”. Early ZF41 sights used flat rollers mounts.
Dialytan 4x on high turret mount. The code “dkl” stands for the manufacturer Josef Schneider Optische Werke in Bad-Kreuznach. The rear foot shows the “RW” proof stamp.
Here is a ground-dug K.Kahles 4×60 wearing the war-code “cad”. The recoil ring tells that this scope was mounted on its K98k with a LSR mount. To some people, these dug scopes are just a piece of junk. For me these items are really interesting. While we’re seeing more and more fakes in our small collecting world, these pieces coming from the ground don’t lie on their history.