Scovill Mfg. Co.
New Haven Reversible
Back View Camera
Catalogue O & P 22nd ed., James W. Queen & Co.,
1891, p. 59
Manufacturer: Scovill Mfg.
Co., New Haven, CT factory
Date Introduced: - ; Years Manufactured:
c.1885 - c.1891
Construction: back focus via
push-pull with focusing screw; double swing; reversing
by removable back
Materials: mahogany body; cherry base; black rubber bellows;
Sizes Offered: 6½x8½; 8x10; 10x12; 11x14; 14x17;
This model name New Haven
Reversible Back View Camera was advertised in
references below. Queen does not refer to the cameras being American
Optical or Scovill, but the Scovill Mfg. Co. camera box factory was
in New Haven, Connecticut, so the model is assumed to be Scovill. In the
same catalog, there is also a Cone View Camera and a Reversible Back
Cone View Camera; it may be assumed that these two models were manufactured
in the American Optical camera box factory in New York City, not in New Haven.
This camera has a straight
bellows (and, therefore, does not contain the word cone in its name), and hardware very similar to what I have called American Optical's
Straight Bellows Transitional View Camera Boxes,
except that it appears more robust (more wood) and it is double swing.
Despite the appearance of the
engraving above (which may actually be an engraving of a studio camera), the New
Haven is described in the catalogs as having a folding bed. If the
engraving is near correct, it is no less than a studio camera with a folding
bed; probably weighed a ton, although contained in a canvas case.
Catalog P, Photographic Material, J. W. Queen & Co. (Philadelphia, PA), 1886, p.
Catalogue O & P 22nd ed., James W. Queen & Co. (Philadelphia, PA),
1891, p. 59
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