Mystery camera time...
This latest addition to my modest collection has me stumped. Anyone got any idea?
It's 1/4 plate folding bed but not something I've come across before.
There are no markings apart from TOP on the lens board and the number 15 on the standard and the camera.
I have no idea, but I wanted to comment. What a beautiful camera! The details are great. Sure a lot nicer than the plastic blobs that pass for cameras today.
It's likely from the 1890s, and would be a fancy "tropical" model. I'm thinking either German or Italian, maybe. What's on the lens?
Kent in SD
Excellent. I have no idea what it is but can you show a view of the back?
I'm ignorant on plate cameras.
What I find interesting is that key-hole quick-release mount at two extentions on the baseboard.
I don't know either, but sure is a nice looking camera.
Thanks for the comments all, I like it too. The metal frame bed with quick release make for a very minimalist, light and versatile camera.
The lens is a Wray RR 5.5 inch which I don't think really fits the camera as the wheel stops the bed from closing in the camera properly. I wonder what shutter would be best? I don't have one small enough to fit with the lens when the camera is shut.
This is the back...
Just a guess: The leather may have been stripped off by a previous owner. If it's a tropical, it would be made from teak. I can't tell from your images whether or not it is. That may be why there are no markings left on it. It is beautiful, though.
The wood looks to me to be mahogany and doesn't look like it's been stripped.
I'm beginning to think it may be a custom DIY job, if a pretty good one. So I guess it'll remain a mystery.
I shall find some plates and a wide angle lens and give it a try. :)