Scovill Mfg. Co.

New Haven Reversible Back View Camera

Photographic Material, Catalogue O & P 22nd ed., James W. Queen & Co., 1891, p. 59

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; brass hardware
Sizes Offered: 6x8; 8x10; 10x12; 11x14; 14x17; 17x20

     This model name New Haven Reversible Back View Camera was advertised in the Queen 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. 71
Photographic Material, Catalogue O & P 22nd ed., James W. Queen & Co. (Philadelphia, PA), 1891, p. 59

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