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    Re: Cooke Portrait Lens Serial Numbers

    382815 IIE post WWII coated 270mm.
    24809 VI 13.1". "New York". "Revolve for Soft Focus" . Round knob iris and SF control.
    NO SERIAL NUMBER (sorry)."New York". No softness scale. F4.5 Series II. 10.4.

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    Re: Cooke Portrait Lens Serial Numbers

    Thanks. I didn't have one of these Series VI/13" on my list.

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    Re: Cooke Portrait Lens Serial Numbers

    24768 for a Series VI, 18.4" f5.6 non-knuckler, has two ball shaped handles to adjust aperture and SF ring.

    I have 4 more that I need to pull out of storage ... still in moving mode ...

    Cheers,

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    Re: Cooke Portrait Lens Serial Numbers

    From the front ring of my 13" knuckler: "Taylor-Hobson Cooke Portrait Anastigmat 13inch SeriesVI f5.6 No156800".

    Any idea of the approximate year of manufacture?

    Len

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    Re: Cooke Portrait Lens Serial Numbers

    Ah, great. Didn't have that VI/13" knuckler. As for year, I'd guess around 1926-27. The IIB started in 1926 and the earliest IIB I have on the list so far is 155640. Quite close to your VI/13".

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    Re: Cooke Portrait Lens Serial Numbers

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Galli View Post
    Mine run the gamut and perhaps span 60+ years. I have No. 3262 13" Series II, with rear thread spacing, 125357 is a 15 1/2" Series VI, #186545 is my latest and may be on your list having just exited Ebay recently, it is 13" Series VI, and last and newest is Series IIE 503942 12 3/4" factory single coated and I believe from about 1957. All are spectacular, but you did not need me to tell you that. So I'll claim oldest and newest until someone bumps me.

    Oops. Forgot the big 18" Series VI upstairs. I'll get that number shortly. Pretty bad when you forget how many Cooke's you have.
    Jim, I must say I'm really disappointed in you! You're hoarding FIVE of these fine lenses, when so many others want them? One is fine, two is acceptable, three or four is getting greedy, but five is just being decadent. You should be ashamed of yourself!

    Anyways, here are mine:

    13-inch Series II f/4.5 Pre-Knuckler, 54639
    14.5-inch Series II f/4.5 Pre-Knuckler, 90752
    16-inch Series II f/4.5 Pre-Knuckler, 31266 (coated & finished in black by Burke & James)
    10.5-inch Series II f/4.5 Knuckler, 122514
    12.5-inch Series IIA f/3.5 Knuckler, 195357
    15.5-inch Series VIA f/5.6 Knuckler, 232440

    "I love my Verito lens, but I always have to sharpen everything in Photoshop..."

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    Re: Cooke Portrait Lens Serial Numbers

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Sawyer View Post
    Jim, I must say I'm really disappointed in you! You're hoarding FIVE of these fine lenses, when so many others want them? One is fine, two is acceptable, three or four is getting greedy, but five is just being decadent. You should be ashamed of yourself!

    Anyways, here are mine:

    13-inch Series II f/4.5 Pre-Knuckler, 54639
    14.5-inch Series II f/4.5 Pre-Knuckler, 90752
    16-inch Series II f/4.5 Pre-Knuckler, 31266 (coated & finished in black by Burke & James)
    10.5-inch Series II f/4.5 Knuckler, 122514
    12.5-inch Series IIA f/3.5 Knuckler, 195357
    15.5-inch Series VIA f/5.6 Knuckler, 232440

    I'm so ashamed. Anyways, my 18" Series VI knuckler is no. 202020. Better late than never.
    He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep..to gain that which he cannot lose. Jim Elliot, 1949

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    Re: Cooke Portrait Lens Serial Numbers

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Galli View Post
    I'm so ashamed...
    Oh, I'm sure!

    BTW, for comparison purposes, my 18-inch Cooke Achromatic Portrait Lens (a descendant of the Cooke RV/RVP) is no. 17324.
    "I love my Verito lens, but I always have to sharpen everything in Photoshop..."

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    Re: Cooke Portrait Lens Serial Numbers

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Sawyer View Post
    Oh, I'm sure!

    BTW, for comparison purposes, my 18-inch Cooke Achromatic Portrait Lens (a descendant of the Cooke RV/RVP) is no. 17324.
    Now you're just braggin'. Nobody asked about Achromatic Portrait lenses (which I have zero )
    He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep..to gain that which he cannot lose. Jim Elliot, 1949

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    Re: Cooke Portrait Lens Serial Numbers

    In the next days I can tell you mine serie II and VI.


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