W. Morley Stereo
At some point in the 1890s, this c.1860 mahogany wet plate tailboard camera had it's original Negretti & Zambra lenses replaced with a set of Wrays, mounted on a Thornton Pickard stereo shutter. The quality of wood, richness of the original maroon square leather bellows and perfect dovetail joints all speak to the degree of workmanship lavished on cameras of this era. Features included a rising front and tilting back. Sadly, I don't have a wet plate holder to match the camera, and frankly there's no evidence to suggest this camera was ever used to shoot wet plates. Either it sat around as a display piece, or someone treated it with the utmost care. Currently, there is nothing to stop the lens panel sliding side to side. Screw holes on top of the shutter suggest there may have been a bracket attached with a slot to be held by the knob above.