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Holmes, Booth & Haydens was incorporated in 1853 in Waterbury, Connecticut. Founded by Israel Holmes (1800-1874), John C. Booth (1808-1886) and brothers Henry W. Hayden and Hiram W. Hayden (b. 1820). Hiram W. Hayden was a daguerreotypist, and likely convinced the other partners to produce lenses. The company announced opening a New York office at 63 Reade Street in March 1854. They produced Daguerreotype plates, and cameras from 1/4 plate to Mammoth sizes. Unfortunately the world of photography and daguerreotypes changed quickly, and by 1857 HB&H had largely failed (Image Vol. III No. 3 March 1954), though lens production continued. In A Guide to the Whole Art of Photography (1858) it was indicated that a lens (or tube in terminology of the time) cost $75, of which HB&H were one of the choices. Research indicates a Captain A.J. Russell (USMRR) ordering a lens and camera (supposedly 14" by 11") from HB&H in New York in early 1863, probably the latest evidence of manufacture, still speculative on exact production figures. It is likely that lens for Captain A.J. Russell was not a Petzval type design, though most Holmes, Booth, & Haydens lenses were Petzval type; No. 9033 is one such example of a different design still in existence. Further research indicates the company enjoyed more success in their earlier production than the later production of lenses and cameras, so some estimated dates have been adjusted to better reflect early production (higher volume prior to 1857); short of actual company records, or patent cross references, it is difficult to precisely date these lenses. A copy of an ad from 1867 indicates that they would continue making cameras and lenses, though a later letter to one of their customers indicated they had sold their remaining New York inventory on 1 January 1869 to Richard Walzl of Baltimore. This is from an account published in 1872 in a photographic journal of the time. We could safely assume no more lenses made after that point in time. Waterhouse stops were invented near 1858, though similar devices were in use in 1857, so it is unlikely earlier lenses had those, unless they were modified later. No. 6022 is of note in this regard, using a device invented by Felix Miller and Alois Wirsching, and patented by Holmes, Booth & Haydens in 1859. It seems that most of these lenses were made to cover 1/4 plate, 1/2 plate, or Whole plate at portrait distances, though there may be several other variations, which is why approx. Focal Length is listed, instead of coverage, though that should be measured for infinity focus, and not more usual portrait distances. So far it seems that the earliest lenses had more elaborate machining, including curved barrel surfaces and angled knurling finish work. Where Original lens hood is indicated, it is very likely that straight sided lens hoods represent one half of a stereo pair of lenses, as indicated in A Manual Of Photographic Manipulation (1858), and the patenting of stereoscopes in 1853 by Jean Francois Antoine Claudet. Bell shaped curved lens hoods very likely were not used as stereo pairs. No. 5217 appears to be half of a stereo pair of lenses. The non-serial number four lens group listed last is an example of a multi-shot camera. Very little information exists about these lenses, so the purpose of this list is an attempt to re-create a production history and time-line. You may contact Gordon Moat, if you own/use one of these lenses or have information to contribute to this listing. You may also remain anonymous, or provide a link to your website. Please feel free to make suggestions about this listing, or provide more historical information of that era in photography.

Notes: Whole Plate - 6.5" by 8.5", 1/2 Plate - 4.5" by 5.5", 1/4 Plate - 3.25" by 4.25", 1/6 Plate 2.75" by 3.25" inches, 1/9 Plate - 2" by 2.5"

Serial #

Stamped or
Engraved

Waterhouse Stops

Modified

Focal Length

Name

Website

Notes

80

Engraved

None

No

EBAY

Original lens hood and lens cap. Square base on radial drive mount. 1/6 plate or smaller? Estimated 1854

172

Engraved

None

No

268

Engraved

None

No

5.3"
135mm

EBAY

Original lens hood. 1/4 plate. Estimated 1854

278

Engraved

None

No

EBAY

Original lens hood. 1/4 plate. Estimated 1854

409

Engraved

None

No

Greg Martin

Engraving on rear edge New York and 409. Whole plate. Estimated 1854

632

Engraved

None

No

No

Original flange. Estimated 1854

664

Engraved

Yes

Yes

EBAY

1/2 plate. Original lens hood and leather cap. Estimated 1854

807

Engraved

None

No

Geoffrey Berliner

CAPworkshops.org

Original flange. Four fastener radial drive. Estimated 1854

860

Engraved

None

No

5.3"
135mm

Matthew R. Isenburg

Daguerre.org

1/4 plate. Original lens hood. Estimated 1854

878

Engraved

None

No

7.5"
190mm

Mike Robinson

CenturyDarkroom.com

Lens hood,engraved J.G.Turner, Toronto March 17th 1859. 1/2 plate. Estimated 1854

1058

Engraved

Yes

???

John W. Briggs

Magdalena Astronomical Society

Large body lens. Original flange. No radial drive focus mechanism. May have been later used as an astronomical lens. Estimated 1854

1131

Engraved

None

No

5.3"
135mm

Andrew Richmond

Richmondaltphoto.com

Original lens hood. 1/4 plate. Estimated 1854

1240

Engraved

None

No

5.3"
135mm

Adam Ogden

Original lens hood, flange, and brass lens cap. 1/4 plate. Estimated 1854

1249

Engraved

None

No

5.3"
135mm

EBAY

Original lens hood. 1/4 plate. Estimated 1854

1277

Engraved

None

No

LiveAuctioneers.com

Original lens hood and brass lens cap. 1/2 plate. Estimated 1854

1294

Engraved

None

No

5.3"
135mm

EBAY

Original lens hood and brass lens cap. 1/2 plate. Estimated 1854

1328

Engraved

None

No

5.3"
135mm

EBAY

Missing focus knob. Original lens hood. 1/4 plate. Estimated 1854

1431

Engraved

None

No

8"
203mm

Milan Zahorcak

Original lens hood. 1/2 plate. Estimated 1854

1475

Engraved

None

No

4"
102mm

Steve Wilson

Steve Wilson Photography

Missing radial drive. 1/6 plate. Estimated 1854

1552

Engraved

None

No

EBAY

Missing radial drive. 1/4 plate. Estimated 1854

1623

Engraved

None

No

8.75"
222mm

Jim Galli

Original lens hood. Estimated 1854

1703

Engraved

None

No

Matt Larkin

BlackBarnEditions.com

Original lens hood. Missing radial drive. Whole plate. Estimated 1855

1811

Engraved

Yes

Yes

5.3"
135mm

Ray Morgenweck

StarCameraCompany.com

Partial barrel assembly, modified for stops. 1/4 plate. Estimated 1855

1868

Engraved

None

No

EBAY

1/4 plate. Rear optics group only. Estimated 1855

1875

Engraved

None

No

5.3"
135mm

Gordon Moat

GordonMoat.com

Original lens hood and flange. 1/4 plate. Modern 4x5 films. Estimated 1855

2072

Engraved

None

No

EBAY

Original lens hood. 1/6 plate. Estimated 1855

2087

Engraved

None

No

EBAY

Original bell lens hood and flange. 1/4 plate. Missing radial drive. Estimated 1855

2135

Engraved

Yes

Yes

EBAY

Original lens hood. Mounted to partial box camera. Estimated 1855

2368

Engraved

None

No

5.3"
135mm

EBAY

1/4 plate. Estimated 1855

2481

Engraved

None

No

5.3"
135mm

Brad W. Townsend

Brad W. Townsend's Photos

Original lens hood and lens hood brass cap. Original flange. 1/4 plate. Estimated 1855

2508

Engraved

None

No

11"
280mm

Garrett Allen

Garrett's Photos

Original lens hood. 1/2 Plate. Estimated 1855

2553

Engraved

None

No

Bonhams.com

Original lens hood and brass lens cap. 1/2 plate. Estimated 1855

2575

Engraved

None

No

Bob Jaffee

Original lens hood. 1/2 plate. Estimated 1855

2586

Engraved

None

No

Sergey Kuznetsov

Original lens hood. Missing flange. Estimated 1855

2609

Engraved

None

No

EBAY

1/4 plate. Estimated 1855

2844

Engraved

Yes

Yes

16"
406mm

Eric Locke

Original flange. Whole plate. Includes Waterhouse Stops. Estimated 1855

2901

Engraved

None

No

EBAY

1/6 plate. Estimated 1855

3025

Engraved

None

No

EBAY

Original lens hood. Estimated 1856

3458

Engraved

None

No

John Sage

Original lens hood. 1/4 plate. Estimated 1857

3514

Engraved

NOTE*

No

George H. Berkhofer

CollodionArt.com

Original lens hood. *Internal aperture cone, but noWaterhouse stops. Estimated 1857

3715

Engraved

None

No

Pierre Chow

Original flange. Whole plate. Estimated 1857

3737

Engraved

Yes

??

11"
280mm

Eric Lowe

Original flared lens hood and flange. Whole plate. Estimated 1857

3889

Engraved

Yes

No

12.5"
318mm

Ken Nelson

KaufmaNelson.com

Original lens hood and flange. First confirmed Waterhouse Stops.Whole plate. Estimated 1857

3937

Engraved

Yes

Yes

EBAY

Original lens hood and brass lens cap. 1/2 plate. Estimated 1857

4014

Engraved

Yes

Yes

11"
280mm

College of Optical Sciences

University of Arizona

Original lens hood. Missing radial drive. Whole Plate. Estimated 1857

4090

Engraved

Yes

Yes

Original lens hood and flange. Missing radial drive. Waterhouse stop slot cut through engraving. Whole Plate. Factory engraved "Made expressly for John Sawyer & Co. Boston, Mass." Estimated 1857 or 1858

4224

Engraved

Yes

No

5.25"
133mm

Russ Young

Original straight lens hood and flange. 1/4 Plate. Estimated 1858

4227

Engraved

Yes

??

EBAY

Original lens hood. 1/4 Plate. Estimated 1858

4275

Engraved

Yes

No

Mike Robinson

CenturyDarkroom.com

Partial barrel assembly, missing optics. Whole plate. Estimated 1858

4365

Engraved

??

??

EBAY

Original lens hood. Missing information, due to poor image. Estimated 1858

4463

Engraved

Yes

Yes

Trent Wray

Whole Plate. Original lens hood and flange. Estimated 1858

4505

Engraved

Yes

Yes

7.5"
190mm

Eric Lowe

Whole Plate. Straight lens hood and original flange. Estimated 1859

4628

Engraved

Yes

Yes

Tristan Galloway

1/4 Plate. Estimated 1859

4648

Engraved

Yes

Yes

EBAY

1/2 Plate. Estimated 1859

4658

Engraved

Yes

No*

EBAY

Original lens hood and brass lens cap. *Radial drive and barrel modifications. 1/4 plate. Estimated 1859

4669

Engraved

Yes

No

8"
203mm

John Sage

Original lens hood. Whole plate. Estimated 1859

4737

Engraved

Yes

No

12"
305mm

EBAY

Original lens hood. Original flange. Whole plate. Estimated 1859

4822

Engraved

Yes

No

8"
203mm

Ray Morgenweck

StarCameraCompany.com

Original lens hood. 1/2 plate. Estimated 1859

4886

Engraved

None

No

5.3"
135mm

Milan Zahorcak

EBAY

Original lens hood. 1/4 plate. Estimated 1859

4893

Engraved

Yes

No

5.3"
135mm

EBAY

Original lens hood. 1/4 plate. Estimated 1859

4903

Engraved

None

No

5.3"
135mm

EBAY

Original flange. Original straight lens hood. 1/4 plate. Estimated 1859

4915

Engraved

Yes

No

Matt Larkin

BlackBarnEditions.com

Original lens hood. 1/2 plate. Estimated 1859

4958

Engraved

Yes

Yes

EBAY

Original lens hood and lens cap. 1/4 plate. Estimated 1859

5052

Engraved

None

No

Gale Aleksander

Original flange. Radial drive repair. Estimated 1859

5080

Engraved

None

No

Garrett Allen

Garrett's Photos

Original lens hood and lens cap. Whole plate. Estimated 1859

5105

Engraved

Yes

Yes

Missing radial drive. Missing optics. 1/2 plate. Estimated 1859

5120

Engraved

None

No

LiveAuctioneers.com

Original lens hood and brass lens cap. 1/4 plate. Estimated 1859

5167

Engraved

Ray Morgenweck

StarCameraCompany.com

Whole plate. Estimated 1859

5217

Engraved

Yes

No

E.A. (Tony) Camacho

Original straight lens hood, brass lens cap, and flange. Smooth finish suggests variation. May be part of stereo pair. Radial drive on bottom opposite engraving. Includes factory Waterhouse stop plates. Estimated 1859

5265

Engraved

Yes

Yes

Jon Elling

Original straight lens hood. Half Plate. Estimated 1859

5283

Engraved

None

No

Original lens hood and flange. Estimated 1859

5386

Engraved

None

No

James Dieffenwierth

Whole plate. Estimated 1859

5586

Engraved

Yes

Yes

EBAY

Missing radial drive. 1/2 plate. Estimated 1860

5623

Engraved

None

No

EBAY

Original lens hood. 1/4 plate. Estimated 1860

5664

Engraved

None

No

8"
203mm

Robert Puckett

Original lens hood. 1/2 plate. Estimated 1860

5690

Engraved

Yes

No

Eric Joffrion

1/2 plate. Estimated 1860

5709

Engraved

None

No

8.25"
210mm

Quinn Jacobson

Studio Q

Original lens hood. 1/2 plate. Estimated 1860

5732

Engraved

None

No

6.5"
165mm

Jim Collum

JCollum.com

Original lens hood. Internal aperture cone.1/4 plate. Estimated 1860

5802

Engraved

Yes

No

Matt Larkin

BlackBarnEditions.com

Missing radial drive. Full plate. Estimated 1860

5890

Engraved

Yes

No

7"
178mm

Ty Guillory

Ty Guillory Cameras

Original lens hood and flange. Missing radial drive. 1/2 plate. Estimated 1860

5977

Engraved

Yes

No

6"
152mm

EBAY

1/4 plate. Estimated 1860

6022

Engraved

Yes

No

22.5"
572mm

Courtesy: Dan Colluci

Original lens hood. Engraved: Patented June 7th, 1859. Estimated 1861

6029

Engraved

None

No

EBAY

Attached to unmarked chamfered design box camera. 1/2 plate. Estimated 1861

6109

Engraved

Yes

??

EBAY

Original lens hood and flange. 1/4 plate. Estimated 1861

6160

Engraved

Yes

No

EBAY

Missing radial drive. Estimated 1861

6175

Engraved

Yes

No

12"
305mm

LiveAuctioneers.com

Whole Plate. Estimated 1861

6184

Engraved

12"
305mm

Garrett Allen

Garrett's Photos

Whole Plate. Estimated 1861

6251

Engraved

Yes

No

8"
203mm

Igor Reznik

IgorCamera.com

Original lens hood. 1/2 plate. Estimated 1861

6470

Engraved

Yes

Yes

EBAY

Original flange. Estimated 1861

6500

Engraved

None

No

5.3"
135mm

Arthur Gottschalk

Original lens hood and brass lens cap. 1/4 plate. Estimated 1862

6567

Engraved

Yes

No

11.5"
292mm

Craig Tuffin

Craig Tuffin Flickr

Original lens hood and flange. Additional later engraving on front 11.5" f4.6. Whole Plate. Estimated 1862

9033

Engraved

Yes

No

15"
381mm

Geoffrey Berliner

CAPworkshops.org

Original lens hood. Similar to Ross Doublet design.11x14. Estimated 1866

10006

Engraved

Yes

No

Michael Cleveland

past_reflections'

Original lens hood. Whole plate. Estimated 1867

10008

Engraved

Yes

No

10"
254mm

David John Lotto

Original lens hood and flange. Slight variation in rear optics design from other samples. Whole plate. Estimated 1867

10012

Engraved

Yes

No

Jon Wilson

Original lens hood and flange. Estimated 1867

10093

Engraved

Yes

??

EBAY

Original lens hood and flange. 1/4 plate. Estimated 1867

10151

Stamped

Yes

No

Greg Martin

Original lens hood. 1/4 plate. Estimated 1867

10216

Stamped

Yes

No

10"
254mm

BoxCameras.com

Whole Plate. Estimated 1867

10245

Stamped

Yes

Yes

7"
178mm

EBAY

Original lens hood and flange. 1/2 plate. Estimated 1867

10283

Stamped

Yes

No

12"
305mm

EBAY

Whole Plate. Estimated 1867

10403

Stamped

Yes

No

EBAY

Original lens hood and lens cap. Whole Plate. Estimated 1867

10468

Stamped

Yes

No

EBAY

Original lens hood and lens cap. Estimated 1867

10566

Stamped

Yes

No

9"
228mm

Bill Boas

Wm. Augustus Boas

Original lens hood. Whole Plate. Estimated 1867

10614

Stamped

Yes

No

12"
305mm

Louis Pacilla

Whole plate. Original lens hood and flange. Estimated 1867

Special

Stamped

None

No

4"
100mm
each
lens

Geoffrey Berliner

Penumbra Foundation
The Center for Alternative Photography

Unusual four lens plate with plunger friction focus. No visible serial numbers. Stamped company name on mount plate and lenses. May be a John Stock Camera, or designed to compete with John Stock. Possible Gem sized image coverage, or 1/9 plate each lens. Estimated 1864 thru 1866

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