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I have a common lens in my collection "Leica Elmar 9cm 1:4 for SM39. This one has some engravings on the screw mount side : "W.H." Does someone know about it? Are these the initials from the original owner? Please see pic's below

 

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Rotwang

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I'm pretty certain that 'W.H.' stands for 'Wehrmacht' or 'Wehrmacht Heer', referring to the German Army, as it was called until the end of WWII.

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Lager (vol. I p. 90) describes the engraving "W.H." as short for "Wehrmacht Heer", i.e. "Army". He dates IIIc bodies of a special gray type with a "K" behind the number to 1942 numbered 3911424 - 391700 all engraved "W.H." on the top cover just below the word "Wetzlar". He also says that there have been 5cm Elmars and 13,5 cm Hektors with "W.H." and a special design for the VIOOH finder. I think it is not improbable that there have been 9cm Elmars with this engraving as well.

 

The engravings for the marine in Wilhelmshaven were engraved "W.haven".

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The Elmar 90 black is undoubtly a very common item (see for instance www.leicashop.com : 3 for sale ranging 100-200 Euro) ; yours seems to have unscratched glass (hazy, maybe ?), has also a rather nice number, has the military engraving who someone can value as a plus... I'd say you could ask on ebay something in the range 220-300 Euro and see what happens...

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I would search around and see what similarly marked items are selling for. The most common probably are the Elmar 3.5/50, although military photographers very given priority over civilians for items like the Summitar (coated) etc. I haven't seen that many 90's marked like that, although they do appear in period pictures.

 

Maybe also check the Westlicht catalogs, Collectible Cameras, kevincameras.com etc.

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Thank you all for the answer. I am not happy with it because I do not like military items.

 

Well, apart from those two engraved letters, the lens isn't any different from a lens of the same type and year. In other words, there is nothing "military" in this lens.

 

Andy

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