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Posted 4 years ago


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I got this from an estate and can't figure out how to open it. All the info is probably inside but it just won't open. I am afraid of damaging it if I pry. Can anyone give me any advise?

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  1. rniederman rniederman, 4 years ago
    The camera has the outer body leather pebbling style of a Conley. There is a hidden button under the leather to open the camera (it drops the bed). Look at the strap (handle). Just in front of the strap you should see and be able to feel a small bump. Push on the bump with the pad of your finger tip ... underneath is a pin that should release the drop bed. The interior is either a very dark and beautiful red finished wood or a lighter brownish color. The bellows should be red leather. If you open successfully, post a picture of the camera and I should be able to identify it.
  2. hallieharkness, 4 years ago
    rniederman, Thank you, it worked like a charm. I have posted pics of it. Thank you again.

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