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);
In design, this camera bears resembles an American Optical "St. Louis".,
in that it is a front focus camera having a narrow front extension, and that the
ground glass frame is spring loaded to float over the plate holder
when it is inserted.
However, the hardware is entirely unique, especially its large, trapezoidal sheets that
clip the back at the top (which actually bear some
resemblance to early Blair clips), the complex-shaped swing plate (illustrated in the detail
above), and the spring-loaded mechanism that makes the bed rigid (see
the top photo). Also rather unusual is the over-use of screws - most of them appear
to be original to the camera.
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