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    Posted 7 years ago

    rniederman
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    Since the beginning of camera manufacturing, builders occasionally made special edition and "presentation" versions of their cameras and the practice still continues today. The equipment often commemorated special events or was crafted as personalized mementos. Late 1900s commemorative cameras were often produced in limited numbers for a collector market while wood & brass presentation models made before 1900 are exceptionally rare and typically unique pieces.

    This beautifully crafted 1880s American portable field view apparatus is a "presentation" camera in the unusually small 1/4-plate (3¼ x 4¼ inches) format. A brass plaque inset in the mahogany below lens board proudly proclaims the owner's name and place of residence in flowing script: J Russ Jr., Haverhill, Mass.

    The camera's construction is far above average. The body is made of slow growth, densely grained mahogany polished to a mirror-like finish. Finely made lacquered brass hardware adorns the body and delicate ebonized wood strips hold the rear ground glass in place. In keeping with the build excellence, a high quality Darlot No.1 Hemispherique Rapide lens was mounted.

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    Comments

    1. walksoftly walksoftly, 7 years ago
      A beauty, love it!
    2. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, David! Also appreciate the comment.
    3. Alan2310 Alan2310, 7 years ago
      Wow ,i love it,
      Where did you get it.

      Cheer
      alan
    4. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, Alan2310 and glad you enjoy it! This camera came into my collection as part of a complex trade with another collector back in 2003. It was a win-win situation because he adored early miniature cameras and I liked this stuff. You will probably also enjoy my other presentation camera posted over 4 years ago - it's definitely special: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/788-a-rare-and-elegant-1903-presentation-cam
    5. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      stunning Rob!!
    6. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks!
      Michael
      Eric
      aghcollect
    7. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks!
      blunderbuss2
      egreeley1976
      mtg75
    8. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks!
      Alan2310
      Designer
      shughs
    9. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks!
      Sean
      surfdub66
      John K.
    10. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      Your very welcome Rob!!!
    11. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks!
      leighannrn
      Longings
      SPEEDWAYPICKER
    12. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, f64imager!
    13. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks!
      fifties50s
      CardinalLady
    14. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, Chevelleman69!
    15. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, Kydur!
    16. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
      Thanks, Camera_turk!

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