Rochester Optical Co.

Peerless View Camera Variation 1

 

8 x 10
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Metal Label, on the back standard
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Date Introduced: - ; Years Manufactured: c.1887 - c.1888
Construction: front focus via rack and pinion (two gear tracks on top of base rails); single swing; three-piece lens board; non-reversing
Materials: mahogany body; cherry bed; black fabric bellows; nickeled hardware;
Sizes Offered: 3x4; 4x5; 4x6; 5x7; 5x8; 6x8; 8x10
Notes:

The peerless is a very compact model with a tapering bellows, similar to the L.M. Prince & Bro. Improved Utility. 

There are at least two variations:

Peerless View Camera Variation 1:
     The ground glass frame is fastened up by the ROC Cam-type hardware, seen on other ROC cameras, e.g., The Ideal Variation 1.  Otherwise, Variation 1 is identical to Variation 2.

Peerless View Camera Variation 2:
     The ground glass frame is fastened up by the later ROC spring-loaded clip, the most common type of ROC back fastener.

Discontinuation:  The Peerless is not in the ROC 1895 catalog and later, so must have been discontinued during 1894.

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