Ticka Pocket Watch Camera

Made:
1906-1908 in London

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'Ticka' watch camera outfit. Overall: 28 mm x 58 mm (dia.). Nickel-plated sub-minature camera. Two-speed time and instantaneous shutter, achromatic lens.

A very popular metal miniature camera in the form of a pocket watch. It was designed to use roll film, 17.5mm wide, contained in a special cardboard drop-in cartridge. The lens, carried in the winding stem, had to be covered by a screw-on cap between exposures. No viewfinder was fitted but a clip-on finder was available as an optional extra.

The Ticka camera was introduced in 1905 and offered for sale until approximately 1914. The camera was a licensed copy of the Expo Watch camera, made by the Expo Camera Company in the United States.

Details

Category:
Photographic Technology
Object Number:
1979-559/20
Materials:
glass, nickel plated brass, tin plated metal and wood
type:
sub miniature camera
taxonomy:
  • tools and equipment
  • equipment by process
  • image making equipment
  • camera (form)
credit:
The Arthur Frank Collection