1873 Meagher Wet Plate View Camera Whole Plate Large, Stunning & Near
Item History and Pricing
Here's an early and excellent Meagher wet plate camera with a Dallmeyer 6 1/2" x 8 1/2" rapid rectilinear lens.
Lens dates to the early 1870's, so I suspect the camera was made around the same time. Plate size is 5 1/4" x 7 1/2". The camera comes with its original Meagher wet plate holder.
Condition of the camera is near mint throughout. Supple maroon leather bellows, polished mahogany body that retains its original finish, clear lens elements with no delamination and no fungus; excellent original brass hardware with a beautiful patina and no corrosion, original ground glass back with no cracks or other damage, etc. Rack and pinion focusing works, wood joints are all tight, hardware is clean, everything is original and in good order.
A nearly perfect early English wet plate camera that needs nothing except a foot or so of shelf space.
With lens mounted and tailboard down, the camera measures approximately 14" deep x 8" high x 10" wide. Ground glass measures approx. 5 1/4" x 7 1/2". Shipping weight, properly packed, will be about 16 lb.
That's about it. I will pack it carefully and properly. Auction participants with no prior feedback history or with hidden feedback should contact me before placing a bid. Buyer prepays and includes shipping.
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