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    What's This?

    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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    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.
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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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn View Post
    Love the handle on the camera!
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Grant View Post
    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
    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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