Original German Wehrmacht camera tripod made by MEI in 1940. I can confirm this is an actual military tripod because I have handled a ton of camera tripods and have only ever found dates on army used ones. I first discovered this when I found one in the leather case which was well marked. Unfortunately, this tripod is missing its case. MEI also made other optics tripods so this makes sense and ties it all together. The tripod is in very good condition and all of the extendable legs work very well. If you own an original army marked camera, this is the tripod you want to put it on. The actual, military camera tripods are even more rare than the army cameras.