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    Re: Cooke Portrait Lens Serial Numbers

    I am interested in context. Lol. (I've been following some other random Cooke lenses that are around these numbers, just to see if I can get a sense of production lots and dates of known series. We know that Series XIV & XV Convertible were introduced in 1933-34. I added the serial numbers of my 13" & 16.5 Series XIV on a sidebar.)

    Mark, thanks for those numbers. I suspect Series I and Series VIA will be the most uncommon. 282483 is also a 15.5 VIA, so I suspect they must have been making them in small lots.
    Jim, is that 18" VI knuckler black? I had that on the list,just want to confirm the black paint.

    I'm tracking non-English engraving, black paint and B&J lenses as part of the database.

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    Re: Cooke Portrait Lens Serial Numbers

    Quote Originally Posted by karl french View Post
    Jim, is that 18" VI knuckler black? I had that on the list,just want to confirm the black paint.

    I'm tracking non-English engraving, black paint and B&J lenses as part of the database.
    Yes, it is black and bears the Burke and James sticker and also is coated most assumably, by them.
    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

    Thanks. As much as I love the lacquered brass, a clean black paint example like this is pretty.

    Not that far from Tri Tran's monster IID 27". Both probably from 1931.

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    Re: Cooke Portrait Lens Serial Numbers

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Galli View Post
    Now you're just braggin'...
    Yes, I am!
    "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 Jim Galli View Post
    Yes, it is black and bears the Burke and James sticker and also is coated most assumably, by them.
    Giggity, giggity, goo!
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    Re: Cooke Portrait Lens Serial Numbers

    I have two:

    14 1/2 " Series II (soft focus stuck)

    serial 82518

    12" Series IIa 3.5 pre knuckler

    serial: 50142

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    Re: Cooke Portrait Lens Serial Numbers

    Great. I didn't have the 14.5" Series II on my list. Thanks.

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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

    Mark,
    It looks like you shamed Jim enough that he is thinning his Cooke herd...

    Karl,
    You can add my " Cooke Portrait Anastigmat No. 309252 12 3/4" 325mm Series IIE f/4.5" Knuckler to your database.

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    Re: Cooke Portrait Lens Serial Numbers

    Excellent. Thanks.

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    Cool Re: Cooke Portrait Lens Serial Numbers

    Karl,
    My IIA is a non-knuckler marked 270mm. The only numerical notation is "Nš 46341" which I assume is a serial number as there are no other markings which look anything like a serial number. All other notations are in French except the front fascia.

    Another much smaller lens is marked 8 INCH SERIES II COOKE ANASTIGMAT LENS 5X7 inches Nš 28663. This lens has no diffusion control and is physically much smaller than the IIA or another Cooke Portrait I once had (which, I think, was a IIB). This one is about 3 inches, end-to-end.
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    Series II 8-inch f/4.5

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    Series IIa f/3.5

    That's it for Series II lenses. But it's interesting to note that I have 3 other Cooke lenses: a Series XIV, a Series XV (the old one, not the redux) and an Aviar. Those three ALL came to me from Jim Galli at one time or another. It's quite possible that Jim has forgotten about more Cookes than the rest of us have owned!
    LOL!
    Last edited by William Whitaker; 8-Jan-2018 at 16:54.

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