This first version Blair Hawk-Eye Detective camera is the exposed wood model of the well known detective hand camera. The Hawk-Eye Detective Camera was a continuation of the same camera originally made by The Boston Camera Company from c.1888-90. Blair acquired The Boston Camera Company in 1890. Exposed wood models are becoming increasingly scarce yet are highly desirable, handsome cameras with brass trim. The term ‘Detective’ has its roots to around 1881 when the first hand cameras were introduced: simple bellows cameras placed inside a carrying case or “bellows-in-a-box” with the intent of being able to capture more candid shots. The Hawk-Eye Detective has a rear chamber to store several plate holders. By designing a fully enclosed darkened chamber, composing and focusing the image could be done without a focusing cloth. Removal of a rear wood panel allowed the user to view the ground glass image. Internal bellows focusing was done by means of a rear brass knob. A roll film holder option was also available as an alternative to using dry plates. This exampe has patent dates of 1887 and 1890.