Samuel Peck & Co.
New Haven CT

Field View Camera

Samuel H. Peck manufactured Daguerreian images, cases, and ~1850-1860 wet-plate cameras.  He entered and partnership with Scovill Mfg. Co. in 1857 and sold out by 1860.

8 x 8"

Stamp on rear rail


Date Introduced: - ; Years Manufactured: c. 1855-1860
Construction: rear focus via push-pull; single swing; reversing by positioning of plate in holder.
Materials: mahogany body; black painted base; black fabric bellows; brass hardware, three-piece lens board is painted black.
Sizes Offered: 6�x8�
Notes:  This camera has a strange mix of black painted and natural varnished components, although all are original.  Even the lens, R. Walzl Baltimore, is the only lens to have been installed on the lens board.  How does one know that this lens board, though painted, is original?  It has an assembly number 6 stamped into it.  By chance, another Peck camera (a studio camera) having a natural colored lens board which very much matches its body also has a 6 stamp - both these assembly numbers were found by microscopic examination to have been struck from the same tool.  The conclusion is that the 6 stamp tool was a Peck factory stamp tool, and therefore the lens boards bearing that stamp were made in the factory, regardless of finish.


Scovill Mfg. Co Petzval-type lens, engraved: "Quick Acting  645  Peerless  SMC  Trademark".  645 is the serial number.  Scovill's Peerless lenses were reportedly made by Richard Morrison, whose wide angle and extreme wide angle lenses were marketed by Scovill under his own name.  This lens is a radial drive; by 1872, Peerless lenses were tangential drive.

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