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
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).