Camera Lens

Camera Lens

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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).
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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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