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Above left and right. Patent pages 1 and 2 illustrate Gibbs' unique self-casing field camera design. Geared focusing running the entire length of the drop bed is shown in Figure 1, while Figure 6 illustrates an alternative focusing design with coarse sliding and fine focusing capabilities.

Left. The actual camera locking latch is shown in Figure 3 of the patent.

As a note, William Gibbs assigned one-half of the patent rights to photographer George W. Dornin, son of the famous gold-rush daguerreotypist George D. Dornin (1830 - 1907).
The Gibbs Camera, c.1888
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