- This photographic lens came from the shop of Henry Fitz (1808-1863), America’s first successful commercial telescope maker. The "C. C. Harrison, New York" and “5216” and "Patented Sep. 7, 1858" inscriptions refer to Charles C. Harrison (dates unknown), a man who studied lens making with Henry Fitz before opening his own daguerreotype studio and lens manufacturing company in 1846.
- Ref: Chas. C. Harrison and Jos. Schnitzer, “Diaphragm for Photographic Cameras,” U.S. Patent 21,470 (Sept. 7, 1858).
- Currently not on view
- Object Name
- camera lens
- date made
- Harrison, Charles C.
- place made
- United States: New York, New York City
- Physical Description
- metal (overall material)
- glass (inside material)
- overall: 9.5 cm x 12.5 cm; 3 3/4 in x 4 15/16 in
- overall: 4 in x 5 1/4 in; 10.16 cm x 13.335 cm
- ID Number
- accession number
- catalog number
- Credit Line
- Gift of Mrs. Willard H. Howell
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- Data Source
- National Museum of American History
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