Originally Posted by E. von Hoegh
Whitey, you linked to the serial list for Goerz American lenses. This one was made in Berlin, Germany.
It's a wide-angle rectlinear, and a pretty good one. Not knowing the focal length, I can't say what it covers.
Per P-H Pont's Goerz chronology, 97578 was made no later than 1900, perhaps in 1899.