Unknown Field Camera 7

5 x 7
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Date Introduced: - ; Years Manufactured: c. 1890
Construction: front focus via rack and pinion (single gear track on top middle of base), single swing; reversing by removable back
Materials: mahogany body and base; red leather bellows; brass hardware
Sizes Offered: 5x7 (illustrated);
Notes: This appears to be a home-made copy of the Scovill St. Louis, even down to the rod-like bed fasteners, and the clunky spring back.  While the wood work is exemplary, the finish is not.  The shellac was applied when the camera was fully assembled, so it soaked into the mahogany while building up on the brass.  The brass hardware is all hand-made as well. The lens/shutter combination is the Scovill & Adams Elite (American Annual of Photography and Photographic Times Almanac for 1893, p. 132)

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