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American Optical John Stock Wet Plate Studio Camera


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Modified Item: NoBrand: American Optical
Original Description:
Great find here.  An extremely rare American Optical John Stock Wet plate camera. Only manufactured in 1866, this is one of the first cameras sold under the American Optical name.  American Optical acquired the John Stock Co in 1866.
Well stained with silver nitrate on plate holder drip area.  This piece is a nice small version.  Dimensions are 19"L by 8.25" W by 11.25" height.  Tailboard style with great original patina.  Camera has John Stock signatur...e spring loaded brass clips on rear, stamped, "JOHN STOCK PATENTED MAY 31 1864, ASSIGNED AM OPTICAL Co."  Rear bed also has "AM OPTICAL Co MANUFACTURER NEW YORK".
Camera is in great un-restored condition.  Solid construction.  Bellows look great.  The ground glass door appears to have had a bit of repair in the past, but does not detract from the overall spectacular condition.
If you've been waiting to collect one of these truly rare and early American made cameras, wait no longer.  This one I purchased many years ago is the only one I've seen come to ebay auction in 20 years of collecting.
Study the photos and please ask any questions. Returns only accepted if item not as described and only 14 days after receipt.



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