Thursday, April 7, 2011

Waterbury 9" Lens from the 19th Century

While we are waiting for someone to scoop up this cool single element Waterbury lens, made by Scovill of NY, I might ask if someone knows what the proper name for the wheeled stops are in this version. I listed it with "Waterhouse stops" and it has been pointed out that this is not a very accurate term to use.

This is a nice brass lens and I had imagined using it on some wood camera project, but we are clearing out a few of the many photographic artifacts here in the lab to augment the fund for materials (or make room for new toys) and have put a couple of things on ebay, this included.

3 comments:

prakel said...

They are usually described as wheel stops or rotating stops. Lovely lens

Best regards
David Prakel

Bob Crowley said...

Thanks for the information, David. It is a nice one.

Lightning said...

I found your site while researching info for my Ebay sale of two Waterbury lenses. I am very interested in Vectographs made by Polaroid as I had a good friend, now dead, that made them for Polaroid. I have a Stereo Graphic camera he used at time (late 1930s up) & a sample of a Vectograph of a Life Saver candy image that was up in super large format in NY City Grand Central Station. Image was said to follow you around station!