Scovill Mfg. Co.
Albion Variation 2
American Optical Co. New York, NY factory
It is a high end camera for Scovill - normally, one would expect such a French-polished, decorated brass model to have been made by the American Optical Co., Scovill's high-end camera factory.
Albion Variation 2 has full length brass hardware on the side of the base. Inasmuch as the above camera is marked Scovill Mfg. Co. and one of the Variation 2 cameras is marked Scovill & Adams Co. (the successor to Scovill Mfg. Co.), Variation 2 may represent a later version than Variation 1. In the 1886 Queen catalog reference, a 4¼x5½" size is offered without lens on pages 84-85, and with a lens for bicycle use on page 77 as The Wheelman's Perfection Photographic Outfit. Introduced: not in the April 1887 catalog, but in the Sep. 1888 catalog.
Albion Variation 3 domesticates the model for American use. The back is now a spring back for American plate holders, and the built-in tripod head has been replaced by a tripod screw hole of standard size and thread pitch.
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