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early british Portrait Petzval 290mm F3.5

€990.00 Sold Out

History: A very interesting Portrait petzval for the 8x10 format. The lens is engraved with:

' T.A. Brew - Brighton'

Since there was no lens manufacturer with that name, it is more realistic that it was a photographic studio, which has the lens engraved with their name (that happened quite often back then).

Looking at the dimensions and the making of the lens, it is quite likely that tha original maker was either Burr or Shepherd, with the long lenshood and some other details fitting those makers.

I would date the lens in the late 1850ies, early 1860ies. It doesnt feature a waterhouse slot (but its clearly a portrait lens), so it might even predate 1858.


Condition: The lens is in very nice and authentic condition. The brass of the lens comes with a golden patina, showing only some wear. The rack & pinion is missing, but that is rather less important nowadays. The glass is in a good condition overall, there are quite some cleaning marks and a spec, but otherwise the glass is clear and throws a fantastic image on the ground glass.


This lens has about 290mm focal lenght (1 1/2") and an open aperture of F3.5. It will cover 5x7 and 8x10 format with a nice petzval character especially at portrait distance.


Lens comes with a fitting flange.





height: 19cm
width: 9.5cm
weight: 1800gr





Insured and tracked shipping cost:

Germany - 10 eur
EU* - 30 eur
Worldwide - 75 eur


*(the site offers only 2 shipping variations, DE and worldwide. buyers from EU please either contact me beforehand for a reduced EU cost, or after buying so i can send a refund over the difference)







Importent Note: This item comes from my private collection and is around 100 years old (antique). I try my best to describe all the faults and major damage which are relevant for the function of this item. But the actuall item can show signs of wear and also some cosmetic blemishes/damage which is not described in the auction text! When buying this item the buyer agrees to this terms.

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