I believe, although I am not certain, that Gandolfi & Sons was the oldest camera company in existence. It was founded in 1885 by Louis Gandolfi, and his sons Arthur, Frederick, and Thomas took over in 1928. Arthur Gandolfi died in 1993 and must have been well into his nineties; I recall reading a delightful article about him and one of his brothers—I don't recall if it was Frederick or Thomas—in the 1980s, which portrayed them both as capable and active but decidedly old.
I'm afraid I can't trace the fortunes of the company since 1993 for you—information about Gandolfi is thin on the web, so much so that it makes Deardorff enthusiasm look like a thriving and well-populated subculture—but in any event the current website announces that the cameras are no longer being made. This seems no more sad than my great-aunt dying at age 101; there's a natural order to such things that takes the sting off when things happen in their due course. For a craft business, a cottage business, it had a nice, long, honorable life.
Here are a couple of pictures of a traditional Gandolfi.
(Thanks to Oren)
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Featured Comment by Fred: "When I viewed the Gandolfi link,the beauty of that camera brought to mind the Adler and Sullivan book which I purchased after seeing your book of the week suggestion recently. The old world craftsmanship is self evident in both disciplines and their loss is lamentable."