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Unnamed | French Very Early Wet Plate Camera | Tailboard | 9 X 12cm Plate

FRENCH VERY EARLY WET PLATE CAMERA. 1850-60. The lens, marked 'A. Tardy, Lyon' is probably not original. A camera from a time when well-to-do would-be photographers would get their estate cabinet maker to knock them up a one-off camera like this one. The bellows are of a type indicating a very early date. This was a barn find from La Roche-Chalais, between Bordeaux and Perigueaux, on the E-70 in France. Were any famous or historic photographers working in that area in the 1850s? Any help from historians appreciated.

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