War Camera 1916
Signal Corps US Army G3 No 23 Diptych
Graflex 3A One of the very first SLR cameras
It is a Military Model issued for WWI. It has a softer and lighter leather than the regular 3A's and says "Signal Corps US Army G3 No 23" (23 being the serial number, 100 total were made).
Cosmetically, externally, it looks well used and not hard to believe it went through a war. The leather is very worn and old, yet still supple. It is missing the top leather handle, the left neck strap bracket, the stylus (an autographic model), and the original lens. Additionally several holes were bored in the back to make alternate "red windows" (I think this was done in conjunction to masking the internal frame with cardboard to get more shots per roll.)
Mechanically it is sturdy and fully functional.