E. & H.T. Anthony

Fairy Camera Variation 2

E. & H.T. Anthony & Co. (New York, NY) catalog, February, 1898, p.14
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5 x 8 in walnut
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Top of rear standard, showing Anthony label and the highly figured Circassian walnut

 

Date Introduced: 1884 as Variation 1 ; Years Manufactured: c.1896 - c.1898
Construction: rear focus via rack and pinion (single gear track between base rails); single or double swing; reversing by rotating bellows & back; three-piece lens board
Materials: mahogany or walnut body; cherry base; black fabric bellows; nickeled hardware
Sizes Offered: 4x6; 5x8 w/o stereo; 5x8 stereo; 6x8; 8x10
Notes:

This model is essentially an Anthony Novelette with rack and pinion focusing instead of the normal push-pull.  It was made in either mahogany or Circassian walnut.  According to the catalogs, it was to come with  a leather case for camera, and another for five plate-holders.   The example above is walnut.  The leather case appears to accommodate 5 plate holders, and so is probably one of the original leather cases.

The Fairy Variation 2 has a striking "ship's wheel"-shaped focus thumbscrew, while the Fairy Variation 1 is more plain.  The Variation 2 also had the option of being made in fancy Circassion Walnut wood, as well as the usual mahogany.  The Variation 2 also has a strengthened front rise mechanism.

References:
Illustrated Catalogue of Photographic Equipments and Materials for Amateurs, E. & H.T. Anthony & Co. (New York, NY), August, 1896, p. 21-22
Illustrated Catalogue of Photographic Materials, Thos. H. McCollin & Co. (Philadelphia, PA) undated, c. 1897, pp. 45-46 (engravings are Variation 1)
Illustrated Catalogue of Photographic Equipments and Materials for Amateurs, E. & H.T. Anthony & Co. (New York, NY), February, 1898, p. 14-15
not in 1899 or 1900 catalogs

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