French Porro Prism "American Style" Binoculars by Palomar c.1950



This is an original pair of French porro prism field binoculars manufactured by Palomar, France. They are Palomar's American style center focus binocular, marked "Palomar Paris",  magnification "8 x 26" serial # "1763". The objective lenses are 35mm in diameter and their optics are good. The frame is a black coated magnesium and the barrels are covered with black pig leather. The metal focus wheel works well as does the individual right scope focus. The binoculars have their original leather strap and no carrying case. The piece is in excellent condition with appropriate patina for its age. 

  • CREATOR Palomar, France.
  • MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES  Pig leather, magnesium, optical glass.
  • CONDITION Excellent. With appropriate patina for age.
  • DIMENSIONS H 4.5 in. x W 6 in.  x D 1.75 in.


The Westwood Import Company Inc 682 Mission Street San Francisco, California were the main importers of Palomar binoculars into the US retail market after WWII. The optics of Palomar binoculars were made from the finest optical glasses, ground and polished to microscopic tolerances. Anti-reflection double coating of lenses and prisms reduces glare and increases light transmission. 

Each pair of lenses are serial marked. And, according to their ad in an 1958 paper – whether you plan to study the habits of birds or plan to follow racers 'round the track, there's a Palomar binocular for you. Put yourself behind Palomar..."The best thing next to your eyes."

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