1904 Seneca No.3 8" x 10" View Camera with 2 backs, 5 holders, 100 sheets of Arista
I hate to sell it, but I don't have the means to put it to good use. Going to concentrate on my Sinar 4x5 with an adapter so I can use my DSLR.
Anyway, it's a 1904 Seneca No. 3, 8" x 10". It has a unique design, in that the front rotates! This allows Rise/Fall and Shifting simply by turning the front assembly! The rear standard allows for a bit of Tilt and Rotate, but not much. The structure is reasonably sound, but there is a bit of damage to the rails (see pix), and it's hard to move the front standard. The knob tends to slip, so I would recommend simply pushing the standard along with one's thumbs, then using the knob for fine focus. At 109 years old, one should expect a few problems!
The bellows appears to be light-tight and in good condition. The camera comes with its original 8" x 10" back, and I cobbled together a 4" x 5" back from pieces I had lying around, so you have 2 formats to choose from! There are five (5) sheet film holders. I'm away from the camera so I can't check, but I'm pretty sure all the dark slides are good. There may be one or two with a crack or damage; I'll check and update the info on those. The one shown in the photo with the "leaf spring" apparently was intended for glass plate. That one has been sold; I just haven't updated the photo.
The shutter is a Wollensak Optimo No.3. It fires cleanly, and the speeds sound accurate. The lens is a Wollensak Velostigmat Series II, 7-1/2" Focus. The lens appear to be in good condition, but I suspect you'll have shutter/lens combos of your own that you'll want to use.
I've stripped all of the old varnish off of the wood, using a paste wax as a preservative (I prefer wax to polyurethane or any other modern varnish/sealant). As such, the pieces that comprise the rotating front are a bit loose. I suggest that you replace the existing felt with newer, thicker felt (or some other material) to maintain the light seal and to provide more grip when you tighten the screw once you have the front in the desired orientation. Some of the small screws are loose, due to age. You might wish to replace those with longer screws. You might also consider removing them, filling the holes with wood glue, then drilling small pilots holes for replacement screws. This second method will help to stabilize the wood, given that its over 100 years old!
The camera does fold up for storage/transport, but there isn't a hook to keep it closed. There are some empty holes that suggest it once had a closure hook or strap.
Asking $700 + S/H (O.B.O.) for the camera, 2 backs, 6 holders and about 100 sheets of Arista 8x10 film. I'm not sure of the specifics of the film; I bought it off eBay. It's been refrigerated since I've had it.