Posted 4 years ago
While I enjoy odd camera designs, there is something nice about simpler body patterns. This Waterbury View Camera, made by the Scovill Manufacturing Company, NY., is a classic representation of an American tailboard field camera.
Tailboard cameras were very popular, uncomplicated and elegant in appearance. They are basically a fixed front lens board attached to folding bed-rails with focusing done by moving the rear section portion back-and-forth on the rails.
This example is a 5 x 8 inch format model (for glass plates) constructed of nicely finished mahogany with brass hardware and a Scovill Waterbury marked brass barrel lens. A rotating disk adjusts the amount of light entering into the camera (f-stop adjustments).
The camera sold for $16.50 in 1892, or about $439.00 in year 2015 dollars.