Unknown maker (prob. England)
or Early Dry-Plate Camera c. 1860-1875
3 x 4
This is another small camera constructed by
hand by an unknown cabinet-maker. The hand-cut dovetail joints can be seen
along the bottoms of the standards. It is most likely of English origin.
The lens is a Darlot Petzval-type lens; the seller, Benjamin French & Co., has engraved "B. F. & Co." on the
The camera has a number of interesting design features: 1)
the folding bed is made rigid by pushing two long, wooden slats forwards; 2) the
ground glass frame is held in position by springs (now missing and replaced by
one spring), which allow the plateholder to be installed without removing the
ground glass frame; when collapsed, the folding bed covers the back of the
camera, and thus protects the ground glass from damage.
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