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    Re: Help identifying a camera in another state

    here come the pictures

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    ^here's where you can kind of see the brand marking. you almost have to let your eyes unfocus like a magic eye poster.

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    really nice and clean glass

    the only thing that's really wrong with it is that the lens hood on the front is cross threaded and stuck. i've tried unscrewing it as tough as i could by hand and nothing. I guess I'll just live with it.
    aaronamodt.com

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    Re: Help identifying a camera in another state

    Quote Originally Posted by Louis Pacilla View Post
    No guessing its a Ansco 8x10 studio camera w/ 28" bellows & an undersized Magic lantern lens all from around 1910-1920's. The sliding carriage w/ a 5x7 ground glass back is lying down behind the rear rail.
    My vote also.

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    Re: Help identifying a camera in another state

    I wonder when you unscrew the pinion racking pin,the lens can be disassembled, front from rear elements, are you able to estimate the focal length of the front and rear parts of the lens. It does seem undersized for covering power, although some of the vintage oval and vignetted images were made this way.

    The original brand mark on the lens goes beyond the visible spectrum.


    RJ

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    Re: Help identifying a camera in another state

    Is the maker's identification the marks at the extreme left of the photo - the flange side?

    It looks French to me - most large projection lenses from the UK/USA have raised focussing tracks.

    You might get a better idea of the trademark text by filling the engraving/stampong with something like carbon black (from burning candles) which can be brushed off later without spoiling the finish/"patina!

    The "figure" in the middle could some kind image of a native American - with feathers etc.

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