Unlabeled Tailboard Stereo Camera
Exhibiting a high degree of craftsmanship, with perfectly fitted dovetail joints and carefully aligned screw heads, this circa 1880 tailboard camera deserves to know where it was born. As with seemingly every camera I own, this example has been modified with a Thornton Pickard roller blind stereo shutter. The lenses are Aldis Anastigmats with an adjustable stereo base. There is a dried up remnant of an old pneumatic shutter release bulb still in place on the shutter release. Interestingly, it was molded with swirling red and black colors and is a very close match to the remains of a bulb on my French Reygondaud camera. Either it was a popular style, or they came from the same manufacturer. Amongst many camera photos I have run across on the web were a few small shots of a very similar looking Horne, Thornthwaite & Wood camera. Number and placement of the body screws is identical, as are details like the scoring of edges around the lens panel. Hardware layout is also the same, although this camera has a couple extra latches, like the one to hold the focusing screen in place, which do not appear in the other photos. There were many makers producing similar products at the time, so it's dangerous to say for certain, but until I see something more convincing, Horne,Thornthwaite & Wood are my best guess.