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Today we are happy to offer for sale a rare antique late 19th century E. & H.T. Anthony Co. folding box camera!
E. & H.T. Anthony Co. was the largest distributor of photography supply in the U.S.A.. It started in 1841 or 1842 as daguerreotype gallery Edward Anthony in New York and expanded its activity becoming photography supplier in 1847. In 1852 Edward Anthony’s brother Henry T. joined. In 1870 the company started making cameras. The company was the first to patent a roll-film holder that could be loaded in light. In 1902 it was merged with Scovill & Adams into Anthony & Scovill, this name being abbreviated to Ansco. The company stopped making cameras in the 1990s.
This Anthony tailboard box camera is finely crafted and detailed. The piece features a lacquered mahogany wood body with brass fittings. The bellows are crafted of black leather. The ground glass measures approx. 8″ in length by 5″ in height. This model features a E. & H. T. Anthony Single 2 Achromatic lens. Marked with “E & HT Anthony & Co 591 Broadway New York” plaque. Camera presents well and is in good antique condition, with minor wear and patina commensurate with age and use. To our limited knowledge it appears all components are intact. Camera is in need of a light cleaning and some minor restoration if you intend to actually use it. The corners of the bellows have minor wear/peeling. This wonderful late 1800s box camera will make an outstanding addition to any fine antique early camera collection. Fresh to the market!
Measurements: 8″ in height, 9-3/8″ in width, 13″ in length (extended)/7-1/2″ in length (retracted)
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