The Century Grand Special camera was manufactured by the Century Camera Company from approximately 1902 to 1904. Available with a standard lens shutter combination or with a rear mounted curtain shutter.
Constructed of select and kiln dired mahogany with dovetail joints and covered in black cowhide leather. The brass hardware is highly polished and lacquered. The triple extension telescoping bed is made of brass and highly polished mahogany, attached with piano hinge and operated with a single pinion. The front provides a rising, falling and cross swing adjustment with a patent automatic bed clamp. The back is reversible with automatic screen. A brass bound, hooded and reversible finder is provided for vertical or horizontal images.
The camera was fitted with a wide variety of lens including a Goerz lens, Baush & Lomb Plastigmat, Collinear lens series II or III, or a Zeiss series VIIa. There was a similar variety of shutters including the Century Automatic No. 1, the Volute, or the Sector shutter. Made in three sizes, a 4 x 5 inch originally priced at $87.50 or a 5 x 7 inch size originally priced at $103.50 and an 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch originally priced at $142.50.
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