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:
6½ x 8½"
Date Introduced: - ; Years
Manufactured: c. 1891-1892
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. 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 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 6½x8½ 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, 4½x6½" example.
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