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French Very Early Wet Plate Camera |1850-1860 | Tailboard | 9x12cm.

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ericevans2
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French Very Early Wet Plate Camera |1850-1860 | Tailboard | 9x12cm.
Catalogue No. 0134.
A very early camera in walnut in the French style, from a time when well-to-do would-be photographers could get their estate cabinet maker or joiner to knock them up a one-off camera like this one. The bellows are of a type which can be fairly precisely dated, I am told by a French expert. The camera is deeply stained from the use of wet plate collodion. The lens, marked “A.Tardy, Lyon” is not original to the camera; updating equipment is not a modern idea. This camera was a find from a barn at La Roche-Chalais, in the area between Bordeaux and Perigueux, on the E-70, in France. The new science of Photography was a popular interest among the French aristocracy of the period, and it is reasonable to assume that this camera would not have been used by a farm labourer. Does any photo historian know if there were any famous or historic French photographers working in the La Roche-Chalais area in the 1850s?

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  1. ericevans2 ericevans2, 2 years ago
    Thank you BELLIN68! It is even older than I am, and a lot prettier!
  2. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Eric ... yes ... this is a very early bellows design.
  3. ericevans2 ericevans2, 2 years ago
    Thank you Rob. It seems to be a quite intricate "Cut and paste" method of construction, rather than the "Pleat and fold" method we have become accustomed to.
  4. ericevans2 ericevans2, 2 years ago
    Thank you Chrissylovescats!
  5. ericevans2 ericevans2, 2 years ago
    Thank you leighannrn!
  6. ericevans2 ericevans2, 2 years ago
    Thank you petey!
  7. ericevans2 ericevans2, 2 years ago
    Thank you Antigue Toys!
  8. ericevans2 ericevans2, 2 years ago
    Thank you officialfuel!
  9. ericevans2 ericevans2, 2 years ago
    Thank you Matty G!
  10. inky inky, 2 years ago
    Beautiful camera!...:-)
  11. ericevans2 ericevans2, 2 years ago
    Thanks to
    inky, trgrubaugh, egreeley1976, blunderbuss2 !
  12. ericevans2 ericevans2, 2 years ago
    Thank you designer!
  13. ericevans2 ericevans2, 2 years ago
    Thank you Phil!

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