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According to the Survey of Technical Progress, Corning Glass Works, Part 29: Listing and Index of Patents Issued 1877 to 1925 (Corning, N.Y.: The company, 1965), Corning Glass Works' earliest patent filed was for a semaphore lens. It is held by C.F. Houghton and dated February 20, 1877 (Patent #187,631, or US000187631).
The lens was designed to be resistant to breakage caused by the heat from lamp flames.
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