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
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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