Schultze Photo Equipment Co., New York, NY

Anthony Champion Variation 1B (made by E.&H.T. Anthony)


4 x 6"

Label on front standard

Patent stamps on rear base rail:
Nov. 11, 1884 (clamp hooks for making the bed rigid)
May 18, 1886 (focusing attachment)
Feb. 20, 1888


Date Introduced: - ; Years Manufactured: c. 1887-1892
Construction: back focus via push-pull; single swing; reversing by means of a second tripod mount; plywood lens board
Materials: mahogany wood body; cherry base; black fabric bellows; brass hardware
Sizes Offered: 4x6"

     This New York City company advertised Scovill cameras in its catalogs, but also produced (or had made for it) at least two cameras its own unique design, and in a number of cases, placed their label on products of E.&H.T. Anthony & Co.  Their earliest advertisement appears to be in 1887 and their latest in 1892.

     In this camera, Schultze apparently put its label on an Anthony camera, which is, from stem to stern, the Anthony Champion Variation 1B, even down to the original Anthony case, which is unique among view camera cases, having a leather handle on the side that slips flat into the metal retainers for storage.

     Schultze-identified cameras have one of two types of labels: 1) dark gray metal, and 2) celluloid.  Whether metal or celluloid, the labels read: "The Schultze Photo Equipment Co.  New York".  The above example has the dark gray metal-type.

     This is not the only Anthony model to be so used by Schultze.  The Anthony N.P.A. Variation 2 is also found having a Schultze label.

     The lens in the above example is an unmarked pillbox-type brass barrel lens having insertable stops held into the front of the lens by a retaining ring.  It has a focusing capability in that it has an outer sleeve into which an inner barrel slides.  This focusing arrangement is typical for pillbox-type lenses of the era; what is unique in the Schultze pillbox is that the inner barrel has been metallurgically treated to become black.  It may be oxidized or some other chemical form, but the coating is too thin to have been painted.  This lens can also be seen in the Anthony N.P.A. Variation 2, 5x7" example.

No references under the Schultze name; see N.P.A. Camera Variation 2 for Anthony references.

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