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Thread: Another mystery lens (who's the maker?)

  1. #1

    Join Date
    Jan 2007

    Another mystery lens (who's the maker?)

    so ... not too long ago I got myself yet another camera (yes, another one to fill up the last available spaces left in the house) and it came with a lens of unknown origins.
    The lens, a Petzval, is aside from some minor balsam failure in one tiny spot in very good condition, although someone had decided to mix the elements and turn the barrel around - easy to fix.
    But I have no clue of who the maker might be. All it says on the outer barrel is "Sold by T.G.Ramsey & Co Toronto", obviously a reseller.
    The only other reference to a maker are the inscriptions on the side of the elements. The maker was kind enough to leave his name in pencil; but he doesn't win a price for legibility. Reads like "Punes Glue E.G.P." or something similar.
    Anyone out here having some insight of who this guy was?

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Jan 2009

    Re: Another mystery lens (who's the maker?)

    Doesn't ring any bells. Balsam breakdown is not just a recent phenomenom. So it could be a repairer's "signature" from sometime long ago. Watch repairers have an insatiable need to mark the watches they get their hands on too. I have a single objective where the inside surface of the lens hood has strange symbols made with a very thin steel pin.

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Dec 2006

    Re: Another mystery lens (who's the maker?)

    It's french:

    9 pouces glace ordinaires.

    9 inch, regular glass

    There ya go! I can't quite make out the name/initals either, sorry.

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