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Action Replay - The Action Movie in your Pocket
One movie viewer, 'Action Replay - The Action Movie in you Pocket' with film cartridge of James Bond Jr. in original packaging.
Kinemacolor projector on table type stand
Kinemacolor projector on table type stand. 35mm projector for 2 colour successive frame projection. Beater intermittent, two continuous sprockets, rack and pinion focusing and framing. No lens. Spool boxes. Safety shutter operated by centrifugal mechanism. Two sector shutter behind lens, filter wheel ('modern' copy) with red and green filters. Lamphouse with carbon arc. Made by The Natural Kinematograph Co. Ltd., London, 1910. Brass plate incised 'No 66'.
Pathe Freres Cinematograph 35mm Camera
Pathe Cinematograph. Cine camera for 35mmm film in 100 metre magazines. f/4.5-25 lens in helical focusing mount. Hand turned. Single frame and 8 frame shaft. Rotary metre counter. Reflecting side viewfinder. Two sprocket and claw drive, interchangeable felt covered or frame gate pressure plate. Wooden magazines with provision for two spares. Double spirit level. Film punch. Manufactured by Pathe Freres, 14 Rue Favant, Paris. Serial No 1187.
Parlophone horn gramophone
Acoustic gramophone of type used for Walturdaw sound system using Mendel synchroniser. Horn resprayed c 1956.
Phenakistoscope Disc of Man With Double Bass
'The Phenakistiscope (sic) or Living Picture'. Published by W Soffe, Strand. One of eight hand coloured lithographic designs on 180mm diameter cards; man with double bass.
Captain John Noel's cine camera used on 1922 Everest expedition
35mm. ciné camera with canvas case, film cassette by Newman Sinclair used by Captain John Noel on the 1922 Everest expedition with Ross one and a half inch special cine express f/35 lens. Accessories include: battery container, two lenses - f3.5 1 1/2 inch xpress lens by Ross, London, serial no. 103365; f3.5 2 inch xpress lens by Ross, London, serial no. 98680, film cassette, crank handle, key. Used by mountaineer and filmmaker John Noel (1890-1989) during unsuccessful 1922 Everest expedition.
Vitaphone disc for sound film 'Sunny' (1930, USA)
Vitaphone disc from a film Sunny (1930, USA), double sided 16-inch disc, in original sleeve. Side 1: No. 5, FA4580-2-55. A First National Production. Sunny score Reel no. 5 scratched onto disc Side 2: No. 7, FA4582-2-58. A First National Production. Sunny Score Reel no. 7 scratched onto disc.
Bioscope, or travelling hand-cranked cinema.
Bioscope, or travelling hand-cranked cinema.
Ensign Optiscope Number 6 projector
Ensign Optiscope No 6 lantern slide projector. For 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 inch slides. Aldis Uno projection lens F:10 inch; all metal; bellows lens extensions, with two wooden slide carriers (stamped RRD). This is a projector for 3 1/4 inch square slides. It has an Aldis Uno 10" projection lens mounted in a panel on two rods and with bellows that can be extended. The lamphouse has an ES bulb holder, secured by a wing screw underneath its base. The projector comes with two wooden slide carriers. The projector can be pivited on the base and secured by means of the chrome lever. Power is controlled with an on/off switch on the base.
Cine-Kodak Special II Camera
Cine-Kodak Special II camera. 16mm camera for 100 foot reels. Two-lens turret, with two lenses; Kodak Cine Ektar lens F:25mm f/1.4 Serial No RE 301; Kodak Cine Ektar lens F:15mm f/2.5, Serial No RM 1094. Clockwork drive 8-6 fps, single frame; 8 and 1 frame shafts; backwind; totally closing adjustable shutter; frame and footage counters; critical reflex focusing behind lens; swing-over tube for viewing from camera rear; folding optical frame finder; detachable, interchangeable film magazines. Eastman Kodak.
EMI 'Flatta' battery portable tape recorder
EMI battery portable tape recorder. Manufactured by EMI, Hayes, Middlesex. Battery portable recorder for 5" spools, 7 1/2 ips. Converted to rechargable battery use, 12 volt and 135 volt. Full track recording. Record and playback heads. Uses pre-erased tapes. Miniature 4 pin Jones plug for microphone. Preset gain control. Phone socket, loudspeaker socket. Meter monitoring of battery voltage, bias current. Manual rewind. Shoulder straps.
Sharp XC-30 Video Camera
Colour video camera, model XC-30, made by the Sharp Corporation.
JVC GR-C2 Video Camera
JVC GR-C2 video movie camera, in a power adapter, held within a case.
Le Praxinoscope, made by Emil Reynaud, Paris. 12.5cm diameter drum; two facet mirror drum. French patent 120484, 30 August 1877 'Appareil pour obtenir l'illusion du mouvement a l'aide de glaces mobiles'. Six complete bands, plus fragments.
RCA Sound Camera
RCA Sound cinecamera. Cinecamera for 16mm film, 100 foot reels. Wollensak Velostigmat lens f/3.5-16, in three-lens turret, screw mount. Clockwork motor drive, 16-24 feet per second. Single sprocket and claw mechanism. Sound recording head, 4 volt 0.75 amp lamp lit from three dry cells. Level adjusting screw. Critical focusing device (under red rubber cap). Direct vision optical finder with frames for three lenses. Paralax compensated rear lens. Footage indicator working on feed spool. Light from lamp falls on recording slit via mirror fitted on 'microphone' diaphragm. Serial No 1341. RCA Victor Co Inc, Camden, NJ.
GBN toy magic lantern
GBN toy magic lantern. Made in Germany. Toy lantern in olive green enamelled tinplate. Single condensor lens, single objective lens. Oil lamp with glass chimney. In original cardboard, with instruction sheet. Box of original GBN slides, 12; 17x44cm, four circular pictures to each slide. Box of 12 GBN slides; 17x44cm, series 6, 4 circular pictures to each slide. Box of 12 GBN slides 17x44cm Series 4 slides, four panoramic, eight with four pictures each.
'The Goblin Court', Royal Polytechnic Institution lantern slide
A hand-painted, large format magic lantern slide, painted by W R Hill and shown at the Royal Polytechnic Institution, London over Christmas 1875. This slide is from 'Gabriel Grub and the Grim Goblin' a production based on 'The Story of The Goblin Who Stole A Sexton' by Charles Dickens which appeared in 'The Pickwick Papers'.
Vinten Model K 'Normandy' 35mm cine camera
Vinten Model K camera Mk 1 (Normandy). Cine camera for 35mm film on 200 foot spools, designed for combat use during second world war. Turret with three lenses: Cooke Speed Panchro F:35mm, f/2-32, Serial No 289547; Cooke Speed Panchro F:50mm, f/2-32, Serial No 287431; Dallmeyer Telephoto F:6 inches f/4.5-32, Serial No 290557. Helical focusing mounts, rubber lens caps. Clockwork motor drive. Direct vision optical finder with front lens engraved for three lens fields. Parallax adjustment on rear lens. Rotary footage counter. Serial No 251.
Kinemacolor cine camera made by Moy and Bastie to Charles Urban's design
Kinemacolor camera built by Moy & Bastie in 1909 to specification of Charles Urban and G A Smith (crank handle and screws missing). Ross Xpress Patent lens 1:4.5, Serial No 85973.
Newman and Sinclair Autokine Model E 35mm Cine Camera
Newman and Sinclair Autokine Model E 35mm cine camera. With two magazines. Serial No 423. Cine camera for 35mm film in internal 200 foot reel magazine. Sliding plate with fittings for two lenses which are missing. With double spring clockwork motor, adjustable speed. Direct vision optical viewfinder with spirit level and footage indicator visible, parallax compensated rear sight.
Kineograph 'Windmill' Flicker Book
Flicker book windmill; illustration used by John Linnett in original patent application. One of two flicker books, Linnett's patent.
Pathe Baby Cine Camera With Motor
Pathe Baby Cine Camera With Motor. Cine camera for 9.5mm film chargers. H. Rousel Kynor lens f/3.5-14 No.55870. Attached French made clockwork motor. Single speed with meter counter. Optical frame finder. No. 035887. Continuous, Paris. Originally hand-cranked, this is fitted with a French-made Motrix single speed clockwork motor attachment. This could expose less than half the film at one winding. The camera has a folding optical frame finder and a metre counter.
Bol Cinégraphe 35mm cine camera
Cinegraphe Bol camera, 1924. Cine camera for 35mm film in metal chargers. Serial No 6604. Bolar lens by Kern, Switzerland, F:55mm f/2-9 in focusing mount, Serial No 2434. Hand turned (crank missing) 8 toothed claw, 2 sprocket cylindrical shutter. Provision for use as projector, open gate, shuttered slots for external reels. Rotating film counter, calibrated for 30 meters. Large folding frame viewfinder with pendulum level, unusual design, incorporating distance scale on transparent inset sheet - focusing pointer visible from rear of camera. 'Chimneypot' exposure calculator on side of camera.
Kinora Cinematographic Viewer with picture reels
Lumiere Kinora with eight picture reels, including a box containing six.
Moy and Bastie 35m Patent Cinematograph Camera
Moy and Bastie Patent 35mm Cinematograph camera, 1909-1910, Patent Number 4534.
Pathéscope Princess 9.5mm cine projector
Pathescope Princess projector, 1960. For 9.5mm film on 400 foot reels. Fitted with a colotar projection lens F: 32mm, helical screw focusing. Double claw intermittent, no sprockets. Gate and lens mount on hinged arm. Framing adjustment on claw mechanism. 22v prefocus lamp with mirror and condenser lenses. Push on, push off switch for lamp. Adcraft 200-250v electric motor, AC only, manufactured by R T Adcock & Co Ltd, London, Serial No 179A92. Provision for hand turning, for still projection. 4-core supply lead connected to transformer. Tripod support, legs detachable. 400 foot take up reel. Serial No RP 95 1702.
The Biokam cine camera/projector 17.5mm
Biokam 17.5mm combined camera, printer and projector, 1899. Voigtlander & Sohn shutter and lens; shutter serial no 6305; lens serial number 64018.
Newman and Sinclair 35mm film perforator
early 20th century
Newman and Sinclair Ltd 35mm film perforator. Reciprocating perforator, punching two films at once; single pair of punches and of register pins; claw transport. Hand operated.
Magic lantern slide: Figure of Death
A hand-painted magic lantern slide depicting the figure of death holding a knife and a human heart, painted by an unknown artist in the 19th century. This type of slide is likely to have been used in Phantasmagoria Shows where 'magical' appearances of ghosts and phantoms were projected onto screens or smoke.
Birtac 17.5mm Camera/Projector
The Birtac camera/projector in ever ready leather case. Designed by Birt Acres, made by The Northern Photographic Works, Barnet, 1899. Cine camera/projector for 17.5mm film (slit standard). Ross lens, No 57581 with Waterhouse stop slot (three stop sin top compartment) on internal rack mount for projection; threraded mount on exterior for taking seperate gates for two functions. Beater intermittent; single continuous sprocket. Direct vision finder, ground glass missing, detached, needs repair (in top compartment).
Phenakistoscope disc with handle
Phenakistoscope. With eight double sided picture discs, 180mm-224mm diameter (some badly damaged from adhesive). Black painted heavy card disc with rectangular peripheral perforations. Spindle with wooden handle. 1. Dancer with cornucopea/cherub and female figure 2. Man with bat and ball/two dancers 3. sawmill/blacksmith 4. Man bowing to woman, tumbler/blacksmith 5. hoop and ball/leapfrog 6. Girl with cymbals/two boys jumping back-to-back 7. Wood chopping/woman birching boy 8. Punch/leaping through hoop from horseback.
Williamson 35mm cine camera
For 35mm film in internal 300' magazines. Lens missing; second lens tube fitted above standard; double gate, sperated by one frame. Additional mechanism, incomplete, operating guillotine shutters in each gate. Hand turned; footage and fps dials; critical focusing through film (cap missing). Claw intermittent and two sprockets. 'Binocular' mask.
Polyrama Panoptique. A paper covered wooden box with sliding lens panel connected by paper covered cloth bellows. Hinged lid and back is coupled by wire strut to permit change from frontal to back lighting. The underside of the lid is covered in gold foil. Sold by J Arnold's Wholesale Retail & Export Toy, Archery & Fancy Warehouse, 38 King William Street, London Bridge. With six transparencies. 'POLYORAMA PANOPTIQUE/BREVET D' INVENTION 3Che du Gouvt' stamped in gold lettering on lid.
Magic lantern slide showing the Eddystone Lighthouse
A hand-painted magic lantern slide depicting Eddystone's lighthouse off the coast of Devon, by an unknown artist, c. 1860, and shown at the Royal Polytechnic Institution, London.
Cine Kodak Eight, model 20, cine camera c. 1936
Cine Kodak Eight, model 20, cine camera c. 1936
Bolex 150 Super 8mm Cine Camera
Cine camera for Super 8 cartridge film; hinged lens cover; Paillard Box zoom lens F:8.5-30mm, f/1.9; refelx finder, visible meter needle, auto exposure; macrofocusing capability - faulty; electric motor drive. The first Bolex Super 8 camera is of strikingly unconventional design, not only externally but inside the camera body too. Uniquely, the light from the lens is deflected 90 degrees by a prism inside the body so that the film cartridge sits horizontally above the lens. The f/1.9 8.5-30mm zoom lens is built into the camera housing and its focus and zoom setting is adjusted by the knurled knob. It has through-the-lens CdS metering and can be operated at 18 frames/second or a single frame at a time.
Photograph of William Friese-Greene
Modern copy photograph of an original photograph of William Friese-Greene taken in 1884.
Robert Paul's Cinematograph Camera No 2
Early Kinematograph apparatus by Robert Paul, London, 1896. One camera with continuous feed.
Poster for the film 'Pimple Collects the Rent'
Film poster: 'Pimple Collects the Rent', (also known as 'Pimple as a Rent Collector') c. 1912. Film produced by Folly Films. Poster printed by Sutley & Silverlock.
Phenakistoscope Disc of Man With Racket and Ball
'The Phenakistiscope (sic) or Living Picture'. Published by W Soffe, Strand. One of eight hand coloured lithographic designs on 182mm diameter cards; man with racket and ball.
Ross 'Wheel of Life' magic lantern slide
Lantern slide with mica disc printed with 19 phases of running man and single slot shutter disc, both rotated by spring belt and pulley drives from single handle.
Kinora viewer for reels
Kinora viewer for reels. Wooden base with inlaid line decoration and turned support strut. Rectangular viewing lens. One element missing but has since been replaced. This Kinora Viewer was made in Britain around 1908 and was marketed by Bond's Ltd., 138 New Bond Street, London. This is a simple folding wooden model (No. 1 combination hand or table instrument with two lenses for a single viewer). Fitted with flipbook of balloon flight, stamped no 585.
'Dancing (Fancy)'. Plate 187 from 'Animal Locomotion'
Collotype print by Eadweard Muybridge, Plate 187, 'Dancing (Fancy)', from 'Animal Locomotion'; an Electro-Photographic Investigation of Consecutive Phases of Animal Movements, 1872-1885', published in 1887.
Promotional leaflet for 'Eyes of Hell'
Promotional leaflet for the 1961 film 'Eyes of Hell', aimed at cinema programmers. Single sheet.
3D glasses for 'Bwana Devil'
Pair of polarised 3D glasses to be worn whilst watching the film 'Bwana Devil', 1952.
W Butcher magic lantern in metal case
W Butcher magic lantern in metal case. For 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 inch slides. 12 inch equiv. projection lens, held in focusing mount by locking screw. Rack and pinion focusing, flasher. Three draw lens barrel. Circular sprung gate, screw adjusted. Double condenser. WIth two wooden push-pull slide carriers, one with slide raising device. Has a Triumph ES electric lamp fitting with adjustable parabolic mirror and 500w lamp which has been separately catalogues as 1990-5036/7177.
Empire Model 2 35mm Cinematograph
Butcher's No. 2 Empire Cinematograph. For 35mm film on 400' reels. Pathe Serie Superieure lens, screw focused; beater intermittent, 2 sprockets; before lens shutter. Centrifugal safety shutter; framing device. Iron lamphouse, condenser and light source missing, slides over behind lantern lens, with flasher, tinter slot, rack focusing. On wooden base.