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Discussion in 'Large Format Cameras and Accessories' started by akfotog, May 23, 2014.

  1. akfotog

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    A friend sent me this pic of a "civil-war era" camera he got from an estate sale. This is a bit above my pay grade, and was wondering, at a glance, if anyone wanted to take a stab at what it is. He says here are no markings, and I'll hopefully get to see it in a few days, and maybe get more pics. The lens is of interest to me.

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  2. Jeff Kubach

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    I don't know what is it, but sure is cool looking!

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    The design is a Tail Board (tailboard?). It is possibly a plate camera. No guess as to manufacturer.
     
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    It may be an American Optical Company camera.
     
  5. Ian Grant

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    It looks European to me, a variation of the early Reisekamers (German), Chambre de Voyage (French), essentially a travel camera.

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    I want one. Now please.
     
  7. Ian Grant

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    Very Germanic, like many early cameras the first Reisekameras were made by cabinet makers so makes sense to use a simple drawer handle, they had them in stock.

    Ian
     
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    Solid. Do you think the 'tailboard' folds up? Can not tell from the photo.
     
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    There is that brass flange at the tailboard, protruding towards the upper side.

    I am sure that upper parts turns into the horizontal incorporating a hinge, and that there is a vertical slit between those
    center screws.
     
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  11. Ian Grant

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    camera.jpg

    Well the bellows will close and there's a catch to hold the front and back together while closed - red circles, also that brass in the Green rectangle is two pieces so it must be hinged there. Then there's also a brass strip and attaching point to hold the folded part of the bed in place - blue circles. Yes there will be quite a gap between the screen and the folded part of the base but for transport the plate holders probably fitted in there.

    Ian