Ticka watch camera

1906 in London
Houghtons Limited

'Ticka' camera. Pocket watch-shaped rollfilm camera for 18mm wide film in special cassette. 15x23mm pictures. Fixed aperture simple lens. T/I shutter; lens cap. With accessory brilliant reflecting finder. Exposure counter. In cloth case, with directions, instruction book, receipt, instruction card. Engraved with interlaced 'HTC' on front of case.

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.

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