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    Posted 5 years ago

    scottvez
    (949 items)

    This image depicts a photographer and his camera.

    The image is unusual in that it actually shows the photographer timing the exposure with his pocket watch.

    I am not familiar with the camera-- would happy to get some input from any CW camera collectors (Rob).

    The image doesn't have a backmark, but I do have some leads on the photographer based on other photographs that came with this one.

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    1. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Thanks rob-- what can you tell me about the camera?

      Thanks.

      scott
    2. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
      Very nice image. Camera is more than likely a wet collodion (wet plate) apparatus made by American Optical or Scovill (the companies merged later on).

      The wide back indicates this is a multiplying camera that allowed the plate holder to shift side-to-side; however, the photographer chose to use a single lens in place of multiple petzval tubes for this CDV.

      The mounted lens is an early (more unusual radial drive) which indicates it's American and more than likely a mid-1860s petzval formula for portraits. Possible makers would be C.C. Harrison, Willard, NY Optical, and Holmes Booth & Haden.

      Anyhow, the overall camera is extremely similar to one I posted here on CW (but not the same in some regards): http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/67445-1860s-carte-de-visite-studio-camera Just imagine my 4-lens camera with a single lens and it looks like this camera.
    3. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Thanks rob-- I appreciate the information on the camera.

      scott
    4. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Thanks for looking vo and roy.

      scott
    5. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Thanks brunswick and gatekeeper.

      scott
    6. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Thanks for looking jlmam.

      scott
    7. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Thanks buss.

      scott
    8. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Thanks bobby and chrissy.

      scott
    9. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Thanks for looking chevelle and toys.

      scott
    10. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Thanks lens.

      scott

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