Item 2005.006.03.05 - English wetplate tailboard camera

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English wetplate tailboard camera

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  • 1860-1870 (Manufacturing)

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1 piece of photographic equipment : camera.

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Camera was part of a private collection and was donated to the Ryerson University Library Special Collections in 2017 by John Tysall.

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Item is a wood and brass folding tailboard wet plate field camera, likely of English manufacture, for 10.7 x 8.2 cm (3 1/4" x 4 1/4") or "quarter plate" exposures on glass plates. Camera is a landscape orientation with square bellows, hinged ground glass focusing screen, and no shutter. Bellows are extended by twin tracks. The slide out lens board has a mounted brass lens, of unidentified manufacture, with rotating aperture wheel and leather lens cap.

The camera is very similar in design to a 1/4 wet plate camera model designed by W. Morley, London, but does not have the identifying makers marks.

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Camera condition is good.

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Collected by John Tysall and donated to Ryerson University Library Special Collections in 2017.


Added to the Heritage Camera Collection in 2019.

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