Scovill Mfg. Co.


Date Introduced: 1885 ; Years Manufactured: c. 1885
Construction: back focus via push-pull; single swing via side thumbscrew; reversing by two tripod mounts
Materials: mahogany body; cherry base; black fabric bellows; brass hardware
Sizes Offered: 4×5 (illustrated); 4.5×5.5; 4.25×6.5; 5×7 (starting in 1886); 5×8; 6.5×8.5;
Notes: the varnished finish on these was such that often the brass patent bed-rigidizer is oxidized in the middle where the camera finish did not reach; nevertheless, one of the most common Scovill cameras.  By 1886, engravings sported the squared-off swing hardware of Variation 2.  The “Waterburys Three” photo features the 4×5, 5×8 and 6.5×8.5 versions.

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