William Morley, considered one of the early British builders, is believed
to have started his business in 1843. Morley's cameras are
meticulously crafted and beautifully finished.
This particular camera is a fine example of a quarter plate wetplate
tailboard view. It is built from a richly finished mahogany wood, brass
trimmed, and fitted with a maroon leather bellows. A Ross lens is
Morley must have been extremely concerned with detail and quality
during all phases of construction. All major wood parts (including the
wetplate holder) have matching construction "lot marks." When
cleaning the lens elements of dust, I discovered that Morley even
engraved the same construction lot mark on the inner brass barrel.
This indicates that the lens is probably original to the camera.
The Morley camera is very small, measuring only 6-1/2" high x 4-1/4"
wide x 8" long.
The "outrigger" support is an unusual construction detail for a camera
of this size.