G. Gennert, Rochester, New York, NY


Oxford Camera


Gennert Catalog 1901, p. 59

8 x 10

Stamps on top of the platform/bed:
"G. Gennert  Manufacturer  New York"
"2484" (digits stamped separately - probably a serial number)

Stamp on two places on top of the middle of the platform/bed: "108", an assembly number

Stamps on top of the ground glass frame:
"Patented 1881"
"Pat. May 7, 1889" (this probably refers to Erastus Barker's patent No. 402711 for a camera having a spring back)


Date Introduced: - ; Years Manufactured: c. 1896-1903
Construction:  front focus via rack and pinion (two gear tracks on top of base); double swing; reversing by removable back; short front base extension; spring back
Materials:  mahogany body; cherry base; leather bellows; brass hardware; French polish finish
Sizes Offered: 6 ½x8 ½, 8x10

This model is not present in Gennert Catalog 1904.  The lens board rim is only 1/8" thick, unusual for a camera this size.  Gennert cameras were finished in a light orange colored lacquer, which the camera above has retained having been stored in a case.

All three of the Gennert cameras: the Oxford Camera LP416, the Brighton Camera LP524 and the Nancy Hanks Camera LP788 came with canvas cases. All of said cases have a similar style, in that the top is hinged on one side, then has a small overhanging flap on two sides, and a large flap on the front. Since they were obtained from different sources, we can safely assume that these are the original cases that were provided by Gennert along with the cameras.

Photo Beacon Vol. VIII No. 7, The Beacon Publishing Co. (Chicago, IL) July 1896, glued in G. Gennert page No. 3 (As The Nancy Hanks)
Catalogue of Photographic Apparatus and Supplies, G. Gennert (New York, NY), 1901, p. 59
Catalogue of Photographic Apparatus and Supplies, G. Gennert (New York, NY), 1903



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