"This new and elegant line of cameras comprises the best
types of bicycle and folding cameras." (1899 reference) From mid-1899 to 1900 E. & H.T. Anthony created a series of
folding cameras under the name “Ascot.” All were made of
leather covered mahogany bodies with brass hardware. Of the
twenty models offered, only four had internally mounted
The Ascot cycle models were made for bicyclists. These had
thin bodies and side-by-side cases that typically mounted under
a bicycle's top tube. Each cycle camera had a matching folding
version with a deeper body to house plate holders.
The $16.00 Ascot Cycle No.2 outfit shown here included the
camera, one double holder, and carrying case to hold three
holders. While Anthony as a maker was not known for elegant
construction, the company for some reason decided to embellish
the brass focusing rail with decorative machined markings.
But what is surprising is that Anthony made twenty Ascot
models in barely over a year and then pulled the plug by selling
the series to a group of four companies that merged to form the
Rochester Optical and Camera Company.
Ascot Cycle No.2, c.1899 E. & H.T. Anthony & Company, NY.