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They do not have a single mark on them. They still work great. We do know they are 60+ years old for sure. Anyone have a pair or seen them anywhere?








 

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I bet they are marked somewhere, very cleverly, with tiny letters or symbology. I have a set of 12x60 Wetzlars porro prisms that have extremely tiny lettering under the focus adjustment wheel. They are extremely cool looking Gallilean binos though. In use from late 17th to early 20th century. I do not recognize the paint on them, but that is a clue.
 

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I have looked them over good I cant find a single mark on them. The case has a faint hand written P F Smith on the bottom.


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They look to be WWI, or possible late 19th century to me. I've seen older Zeiss binoculars that look similar to yours.
 

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They look French to me. Lemaire or Verdi of Paris maybe?
Your probably holding some a nice set of Opera binoculars! (Just kidding)
PF. Smith was probably the owner.
 

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Beautiful binos. Just too similar to the French examples to not also be French.

The US Army was hopelessly ill-equipped when we entered WWI and France provided a lot of our equipment. Planes, guns, gear, etc.
 
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