Unknown Field Camera 2
8 x 10
Date Introduced: - ;
Years Manufactured: c.
Construction: front focus via
rack and pinion (single gear track in middle of base); single swing;
reversing by removable back
Materials: mahogany body; cherry base; black leatherette
bellows (may be a replacement); brass hardware
Sizes Offered: 8x10 (illustrated);
Notes: This camera bears a superficial resemblance to an American Optical or Scovill "St. Louis".
However, the hardware is entirely unique, especially its large, trapezoidal sheets that
clip the back at the top, the complex-shaped swing plate (illustrated in the detail
above), and the spring-loaded mechanism that makes the bed rigid (also illustrated in the
detail above). Also rather unusual is the over-use of screws - most of them appear
to be original to the camera.
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