Schultze Photo Equipment Co., New York, NY


NPA Camera Variation 2 (made by E.&H.T. Anthony)


5 x 7"

Label on front standard

Patent stamps on rear base rail:
Feb. 20, 1883 (plate holder with hinge on front)

Nov. 11, 1884 (clamp hooks for making the bed rigid)
May 18, 1886 (focusing attachment)
Mch. 27, 1888 (spring back)


6 ½ x 8 ½", Serial Number 58.

Label, metal (lead?), lower part of front standard.  Holes from a previous label (probably Anthony's) are visible at the top.

Patents, typical on Anthony NPA model: "Pat. Nov. 11, '84", "Pat. Feb. 20, '83" (looks like '88 but isn't), Pat. May 18, 1886", and "Pat. Mch. 27, '88".

Serial Number "58".  This one is on the back lower edge of the front standard; there is an identical one facing it on the front edge of the rear standard.



Date Introduced: - ; Years Manufactured: c. 1891-1892
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: at least 5x7 and 6 ½x8 ½

     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 designTheir 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 N.P.A. Camera Variation 2, 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 5x7" example has the celluloid type label, and the above 6 ½x8 ½ example has the dark gray metal type label.

     This is not the only Anthony model to be so used by Schultze.  The Anthony Champion Variation 1B 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 Champion Variation 1B, 4 ½x6 ½" example.


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




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