E. & H.T. Anthony
Fairy Camera Variation 2
5 x 8 in walnut
Top of rear standard, showing Anthony
label and the highly figured Circassian walnut
Date Introduced: 1884 as
Variation 1 ; Years
This model is essentially an Anthony Novelette with rack and pinion focusing instead of the normal push-pull. It was made in either mahogany or Circassian walnut. According to the catalogs, it was to come with a leather case for camera, and another for five plate-holders. The example above is walnut. The leather case appears to accommodate 5 plate holders, and so is probably one of the original leather cases.
The Fairy Variation 2 has a striking "ship's wheel"-shaped focus thumbscrew, while the Fairy Variation 1 is more plain. The Variation 2 also had the option of being made in fancy Circassion Walnut wood, as well as the usual mahogany. The Variation 2 also has a strengthened front rise mechanism.
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