Scovill Mfg. Co.

Waterbury Camera, Variation 1

4 x 5, well used

4 x 5, apparently never used

Three sizes of Waterburys: 6 x 8; 5 x 8; 4 x 5
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Manufacturer: Scovill Mfg. Co., New Haven, CT factory
Date Introduced:
1885 ; Years Manufactured: c. 1885
Construction: back focus via push-pull; single swing via side thumbscrew; reversing by two tripod mounts
Materials: mahogany body; cherry base; black fabric bellows; brass hardware
Sizes Offered: 4x5; 4x5; 4x6; 5x7 (starting in 1886); 5x8; 6x8;
Notes: The wood on Waterbury cameras is often referred to as "golden oak"; however, it is golden, but not oak - the wood is closer to mahogany (which can be from any one of over thirty different trees). The varnished finish on these was such that often the brass patent bed-rigidizer is oxidized in the middle where the camera finish did not reach; nevertheless, one of the most common Scovill cameras.  By 1886, engravings sported the squared-off swing hardware of Variation 2, so this variation must have been confined to 1885.  The "Waterburys Three" photo features the 4x5, 5x8 and 6.5x8.5 versions.

As common as the Waterbury Variation 1 is, it is amazing not to see any engravings but Variation 2.

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