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Holmes Booth & Haydens Petzval 360mm F4.5

€1600.00 EUR

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History: Very early made portrait petzval lens made by one of the best and earliest american lens workshops: Holmes, Booth & Haydens. HB&H was founded in early 1853 in Waterbury, Conneticut, and quickly became a well known and respected makers of photographic lenses and cameras. This specimen is engraved with:

'No. 3827 - Holmes, Booth & Haydens - New York'

The serial number puts the lens back to the year 1857!



Condition: Another very interesting part here is that the lens was Nickel plated. A process which was very expensive and complicated back then and that was used only on the most equisit items.  The nickel plating is mostly intact, still there are a couple locations where you can see the brass unbeneath. On the other hand that also shows a fanatastic patina. The rack & pinion is there, but it was partially replaced by newer parts, all in all it looks good, but it doesnt really work. Still you can slide the inner barrell by hands forth and back. The front glass shows quite some wear along the edges, there are a couple of smaller edge chips and also some worn off edges, otherwise its clear and wont impair the image quality. The rear glass on the other hand is in very good condition. All in all i tested this beauty on the groundglass of my 8x10 and it showed a fantastically sharp image.


This lens has about 360mm focal lenght (14") and an open aperture of F4.5. It will cover 8x10 and also 10x12 format with a nice petzval character especially at portrait distance.


A really interesting piece of history, which you rarely see outside of the US (though even there HB&H lenses are rather scarce).


The lens was retrofitted with a waterhouse slot at a later point and an original waterhouse stop is included!




height: 24cm
width: 11.5cm
weight: 3000gr




Insured and tracked shipping cost:

Germany - 20 eur
EU* - 30 eur
Worldwide - 70 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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