Scovill Mfg. Co. (New York, NY)

Waterbury Lens (Single Achromat) Variation 1 (inserted stops) - c. 1880-c.1890's

 


brass Ser. No. 1224188

thick nickel-plated brass Ser. No. 7986


Notes: 

The Scovill Waterbury Lens is a single achromat (hence the name).  Having only two elements in one group in the rear of the lens, it was the most inexpensive lens offered in their catalogs.

Early in its run, Waterbury Lens Variation 1 had round Waterhouse stops that were inserted from the front, and held in place by a wire spring clip.  By about 1885, Waterbury Lens Variation 2 had a rotating wheel having four stops, and this is its most common form.  Occasionally, it will be found with an accompanying Elite Shutter, which was designed and marketed by Scovill to fit the Waterbury Lens.

 

References:
Scovill's Photo. Series No. 1, The Photographic Amateur, 2nd Edition, J. Traill Taylor, Scovill Mfg. Co. pub. (New York, NY), original copyright 1883, 2nd Ed. about 1885, p.3 (included with Ne Plus Ultra) and p.23 (advertised on its own)
Descriptive Catalogue and Price List of the Photographic Apparatus Manufactured by the American Optical Co., Scovill Mfg. Co., proprietors and managers (New York, NY), Sept. 1884, p.91
How to Make Photographs and Descriptive Price List, Scovill Mfg. Co. (New York, NY), distributed by Andrew J. Smith (Providence, RI), 1886, p. 27; p. 51
Scovill's Photo. Series No. 12, A Manual of Photographic Chemistry, Scovill Mfg. Co. (New York, NY), 1886, ads pp. 11 & 31
Scovill's Photo. Series No. 20, Dry Plate Making for Amateurs, Scovill Mfg. Co. (New York, NY), 1886, ads p. 3 & 23
How to Make Photographs and Descriptive Price List, Scovill Mfg. Co. (New York, NY), distributed by C.H. Codman & Co. (Boston, MA), April 1887, pp. 25 & 48
The American Annual of Photography and Photographic Times Almanac for 1888, C.W. Canfield, ed.; Scovill Mfg. Co. (New York, NY), copyright 1887, ads p. 72

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