Scovill Mfg. Co.
Waterbury Camera, Variation 1
4 x 5
6½ x 8½; 5 x 8; 4 x 5
Date Introduced: 1885 ; Years
Manufactured: c. 1885
Construction: back focus via
push-pull; single swing via side thumbscrew; reversing by two tripod
Materials: mahogany body; cherry base; black fabric bellows;
Sizes Offered: 4x5; 4½x5½; 4¼x6½; 5x7
(starting in 1886); 5x8; 6½x8½;
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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