Rochester Optical Co., Rochester, NY

 

Peerless View Camera Variation 2

 

Rochester Optical Co. Catalog, 1893. p. 11

 

4 x 5
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Celluloid label, bottom of ground glass frame
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5 x 8
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A Peerless Label, on back standard of another camera
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6½ x 8½.  It appears that someone had added a tripod socket (plate now missing) to the left side of the rear standard in order to reverse the format to vertical. 
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Date Introduced: - ; Years Manufactured: c.1888 - 1894
Construction: front focus via rack and pinion (two gear tracks on top of base rails); single swing; three-piece lens board; non-reversing
Materials: mahogany body; cherry bed; black fabric bellows; nickeled hardware;
Sizes Offered: 3¼x4¼; 4x5; 4¼x6½; 5x7; 5x8; 6½x8½; 8x10
Notes:

The peerless is a very compact model with a tapering bellows, similar to the L.M. Prince & Bro. Improved Utility. 

There are at least two variations:

Peerless View Camera Variation 1:
     The ground glass frame is fastened up by the ROC Cam-type hardware, seen on other ROC cameras, e.g., The Ideal Variation 1.  Otherwise, Variation 1 is identical to Variation 2.

Peerless View Camera Variation 2:
     The ground glass frame is fastened up by the later ROC spring-loaded clip, the most common type of ROC back fastener.

Discontinuation:  The Peerless is not in the ROC 1895 catalog and later, so must have been discontinued during 1894.

References:
Illustrated Catalogue of Photographic Apparatus, Rochester Optical Co. (Rochester, NY), June 1890, p. 7
Illustrated Catalogue of Photographic Apparatus,
Rochester Optical Co. (Rochester, NY), May 1891, p. 7
1893 Catalogue of Photographic Apparatus, Rochester Optical Co. (Rochester, NY), 1893, p. 11
1894 Catalogue of Photographic Apparatus, Rochester Optical Co. (Rochester, NY), 1894, p. 11
 

 

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