Black Beauty Camera
Seneca Camera Company
|Name:||Black Beauty Camera|
|Type:||Hand & Stand Camera|
|Manufacturer:||Seneca Camera Company|
|Country of Origin:||US|
|Construction:||Standard format hand & stand camera, but finished in black (simulated ebony). A version also exists in polished mahogany finish.|
|Plate / Film Size:||5 x 7 plates|
|Lens:||Seneca UNO, f8|
|Shutter:||Wollensak Opt Co (T, I, B)|
|Dimensions (w x h x l):|
|Date of this Example:||c1912|
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The Seneca Black Beauty is a large black ebonised camera with revolving back. The Black Beauty name plate is located below lens standard. Black bellows, in very good condition. Leather bodywork in good order with just minor surface scuffs. Handle intact.
Shutter is marked with a patent date of 1911. Seneca label on the inside of the camera.
The camera came with its original case, remains of a viewing cloth (falling apart and only fit for the bin), an exposure frame and three original boxed add-on lenses: No 1 Portrait, No 1 Telephoto and No 1 Copying Lens. The portrait has its original instruction sheet marked as Sears, Roebuck and Co, Chicago.
As far as I am aware, Seneca cameras were not imported into Europe. They are relatively common in the US, although the polished mahogany version of this camera (which looks very attractive) is much harder to find.