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Wood Cameras40 of 273W B & Sons Ltd “The National Camera” 1/2 Mahogany & Brass 1900Scovill Waterbury View Camera. c.1888
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    Posted 5 years ago

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    I just bought this today and am not sure what if is. The front is marked AGFA on it. the back is marked Ansco Corp. on a brass plate. It looks a lot like an Anthony Imperial Camera from 1877. This camera has 2 set of bellows on it. The glass plate on the back is 5X7. If you have a clue what this is please let me know. I really haven't been able to find anything like this??????

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    1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      That's a monster unless you have doll-house furniture !
    2. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
      This is a descendant of the Anthony Climax studio camera. Anthony and Scovill merged and in 1907 the name was shortened to ANSCO. ANSCO later merged with Agfa to create Agfa-ANSCO in 1928.

      Overall, this is a studio view camera, probably 8 x 10 or 11 x 14, with a 5 x 7 reducing back. The camera is very long to accommodate the focal length of the larger format lenses. The camera is so long that a single bellows could collapse on itself, therefore adding a middle standard and using two bellows made the camera more durable.

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