A friend last night showed me an old camera his father owned. The camera looked to be a 5x8 camera. I would guess it was a Rochester, but there were no identifying marks (just the number 479 on the camera and board). In any event, the wood was pretty brittle, so it could probably only good as a display piece.
What really interested me was the lens. It was a brass pillbox design and closely resembled my Darlot pillbox. The only brand mark were the letters "E" and "A" inscribed on top of one another. I'm guessing the letters stand for "E. Anthony," but I could not find anything online to confirm this guess. I did find a few scattered references to Anthony pillbox lenses, but not much information beyond that.
So, is the lens an Anthony? If so, does anyone know much about them? (And if not, any idea what the brand mark stands for?) Also, my friend was curious about the value of the lens. The brass has a pretty heavy patina but the glass looked to be in good shape. Any sense of the worth?
Thanks for any insights and information!