Scovill Mfg. Co.
Related to New York View
(sycamore wood, folding
platform, no swing with drop shutter)
Date Introduced: - ; Years Manufactured: c. 1884
Construction: rear focus
via push-pull; no swing; reversing by two tripod mounts; three-piece
Materials: quarter-sawn sycamore
body, cherry base, white-wood (poplar or equivalent) ground glass frame, brass hardware, black fabric bellows
Sizes Offered: probably the same
as the New York View: 4¼x5½; 4¼x6½; 5x8; 6½x8½;
5x8 and 6½x8½ have been seen so far
Parts of this camera are made of a
fleck-figured wood (shown above), which is quarter-sawn
sycamore. This wood
is also found on the Scovill New York (601-603)
Camera. It could have been a precursor to the New
York, or perhaps made contemporaneously. Even though it is apparently
not in catalogs, it has been assigned the same years of production as the
regularly advertised New York View.
This camera is almost
identical to the New York View, except that the
New York has single swing,
whereas this camera has no swing. Its Waterbury lens has insertable stops held in
place by a wire spring, visible in photo 3 above. The bed lock is via a thumbscrew
rather than patent side clamps, which may mean that it was made prior to the patent
(20 Oct 1885), or merely that this is a cheaply made camera that doesn't rate patent clamps.
The base on
the 5x8 version is longer than normal;
when folded up, it extends at least 2" above the top of the camera. Most
cameras of "tailboard" construction possess bases that reach exactly the top of
the camera when folded, thereby being more compact. The case has
been made taller to accommodate the height.
This camera has interior slots
to fit a septum, and so could be used as a stereo camera.
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