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Bernoud, Alphonse.| 1850s.| French or Italian Early Wet Plate Tailboard camera.|

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Posted 6 years ago

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Bernoud, Alphonse.| 1850s.| French or Italian Early Tailboard camera.| 5x5 inch wet plate. |
Catalogue No. 0094.
Found in Paris, the camera itself is unlabelled, often the case at the period 1850-1860, but the lens, original to the camera, is engraved with the name "A.Bernoud, Naples et Florence". Alphonse Bernoud was not a camera-maker or lens-maker, but an esteemed and well-documented society photographer, with studios in Naples, Florence and Livorno, as well as in various parts of France, and whose work is still sold regularly at auctions. Engraved in this way, this camera could have been his personal possession, as it was not unusual in the 1850s for professionals to have their personal lenses engraved with their own names, and as he was not a dealer, it is hard to think of any other reason why the lens would have his name on it. The camera is made of Walnut, in the French style, but could be of Italian origin. If this was Bernoud’s camera, it is about as unique as they get.


  1. ericevans2 ericevans2, 6 years ago

    Thanks to:
  2. ericevans2 ericevans2, 6 years ago
    Thank you, PhilDavidAlexanderMorris!
  3. ericevans2 ericevans2, 6 years ago
    Thank you Petey.
  4. ericevans2 ericevans2, 6 years ago
    Thank you mustangtony
  5. antonio66, 4 months ago
    Hi, I'm sorry, I'm a fan of A. Bernoud, is the room his own? If yes, is it possible to have a more particular photo Close up of the objective? Dear Thanks
  6. rniederman rniederman, 4 months ago
    Hi antonio66 ... sadly, Eric passed away in 2016 from cancer and was a friend. His collection was auctioned in 2017 and I don't know where this camera ended up to get details about the objective. But I can note that the lens, at one point, had a tangential drive for focusing that is now missing.
  7. antonio66, 4 months ago
    ooh pity. I'm sorry.
    anyway thanks rniederman
    PS at auction by those who do not know it?
  8. rniederman rniederman, 4 months ago
    Here is the link to the 2017 auction of Eric's collection: http://www.flintsauctions.com/the-eric-evans-collection-of-early-cameras/

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