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The Demon Detective camera
O'Reilly's Patent No 10823. Conical metal camera for 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 inch plates, uncemented achromatic lenses c.F:1 1/2 inch fixed aperture and focus. Flap and shutter before lens work by elastic band. The American Camera Company, c.1890.
Fowke's Bellows camera
Camera with fittings etc, formerly the property of Captain Fowke Royal Engineers. Two ivory plaques: 'Capt Fowke's Camera, T. Ottewill & Co. London', 'Henry Cole Esq, In memory of Capt Fowke. R.E. 4th Dec 1868'.
Polyfoto camera, made by Kodak Limited. For 48 successive exposures on 1/2" plates.The photographer turned a crank handle on the side of the camera, which moved the photographic plate and made the exposure automatically.
Ensign Rollfilm/Plate camera
Folding camera for 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches. Fitted with Ross combinable lens F: 5 1/4 inches f/5.9-32, No. 102860. Front component F: 9 1/2 inches, f/11, rear 8 inches f/11. Compur shutter 1/2/5/10/25/50/100/200/B/T. Rack and pinion focusing, double extension. Lever rising, sliding cross front. Brilliant relfecting rotating finder with level. Back with removable panel to permit use of focusing screen and single metal plateholders. With focusing screen. HOughtons Limited.
Pantascopic camera No 32
Pantascopic camera No 32, 1862. For flat plates. With an A Grubb patent achromatic lens with disc stops. Camera driven by clockwork motor, gearing with rack on inside of tripod head and held in mesh by thick rubber band. Air vane governor. In operation, string wound round tripod head pulled plateholder (missing) past slot in camera back on steel track with folding ends for transport. Spirit level (dry). J R Johnson. Overall: 220 mm x 312 mm x 190 mm, 187 mm (dia. base).
Century Model 46 plate camera
Century Model 46 plate camera for plates 4 3/4 x 6 1/2 inches. Fitted with a C.P. Goerz, Doppel-anastigmat lens series II F:180mm f/6.8-64. Fitted with a Bausch and Lomb Unicum shutter, 1/2/5/25/50/100/B/T with pneumatic release valve. Sliding rising and cross front, rack and pinion focusing, double extension, brilliant reflecting rotating finder on baseboard, spirit level, revolving back NO 42930 lens no. 101046. Century Camera Co. With six wooden double darkslides.
Jos-Pe colour camera Uka model (professional)
Jos-Pe tri-colour camera, Uka model (professional). For 9 x 12cm plates. Fitted with a Jos Pe Cassar lens F:18cm f/3. Shutter - 1/50sec, B/T, Serial No 161367 lens. Simultaneous focusing on all three backs. Beamsplittter behind lens. OV Nr 276. The Jos-Pe tri-color camera produced three monochromatic 9x12cm negatives on a single exposure that were made through red, green and blue filters. When they were printed together they produced a colour print.
Beck Field camera
Folding field camera for 4 3/4 x 6 1/2 inch plates. Fitted with a Portland soft focus lens F; 9 inches f/4.5-16 Serial No 2071. Sold by James A. Sinclair and Co. Serial No 721107 and 346. Sliding rising and cross front. Tailboard design. Rack and pinion focusing. Double extension. Swing back. Square bellows. Hinged ground glass focusing screen with clear centre spot. Reversible back. R & J Beck. c.1889. with lens cap.
Ottewill folding box camera
Ottewill wetplate sliding box camera with hinged sides, folding flat, for wholeplates. Grubb's Aplanatic lens with wheel stops; sold by Watson and Sons; rising and cross front; sliding focusing on rear (locking screw missing); focusing screen (glass missing); no plate holder; nameplate missing (photographic reproduction from similar camera in the Science Museum).
Compass miniature camera
Miniature all-metal camera for 24 x 36mm plates. Fitted with a Kern anastigmat lens F:35mm, f/3.5 NO.CCL 3B rotating plate with 4 apertures: B-3.5, W-4.5, H-6.3, G-16. With multiple speed rotating shutter 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3, 2, 1.5, 1/2/4/8/10/16/25/32/50/64/125/200/250/375/500/T. Rotating plate with 3 fillers: K1 ortho, P2 G panchro, P4 1X panchro. Lens cover with depth of field scale. Coupled coincidence type rangefinder. Direct vision optical finder converting right angle finder. Extinction type exposure meter is built into the viewfinder with two ranges. With a spirit level and a click stop rotating tripod bush for panoramic photographs. There is provision for a stereo head. With a ground glass focusing screen with magnifier. The back swings out to accept plate holder with a removable attachment of film holder. No. 3691. Jaegar LeCoultre, 1937.
Universal Special Pattern B camera
Newman & Guardia Universal Special Pattern box-form plate camera for 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inch plates. Serial No SB494. Fitted with an Anastigmat lens F:285mm f/12.5-45, convertible. Newman & Guardia shutter 2/4/8/16/32/64/100. Sliding rising and cross front. Rack and pinion focusing, double extension. Two reflecting finders, with hoods and frames for alternative focal length. Two pairs of spirit levels. Bag type plate changer. Ground glass focusing screen. Newman and Guardia. Overall (deployed): 160 mm x 135 mm x 335 mm.
Plate camera with bellows
'British' 15x 12 inch plate camera made by J.T Chapman Ltd of Manchester, c1888. No lens. Two double dark slides, in wood case. Whole: shape: rectangular box with hinged, ground lass plate (broken) at rear. Hinged wooden front drops down to form baseboard. Double extension . Rising front. Detachable lens panel. No lens. Front tilts forward. Back tilts forward and (by changing
Early camera used by William Henry Fox Talbot, c 1838
Camera with hole and cork for focussing, and rack for raising, c 1836-1840. Camera used by William Henry Fox Talbot. During 1838 and 1840 Talbot purchased a number of cameras to make photogenic drawings from the London instrument maker, Andrew Ross. This camera may derive from this source. Equipped with simple lens there is also an inspection hole in the lens panel above the lens that was use to check that the image was centrally located on the sensitive paper and correctly focused.
Anschutz Patent Instantaneous camera
Anschutz patent instantaneous camera, c. 1893. Made by C.P. Goerz, Berlin? Focal plane shutter box camera for 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inch plates. Fitted with a Goerz Extra Rapid Lynkeioskop lens Series C No.1 f/7.7-43.8 No. 8532 and an Anschutz focal plane shutter 25/40/50/65/87/130/260/520/1000. With rack and pinion focusing on lens barrel. Large folding frame viewfinder. With a ground glass screen and folding hood and lens cap. C.P. Goerz. Overall: 205 mm x 164 mm x 182 mm.
Eclipse plate camera
Shew's Xit Eclipse quarter plate camera, made by J F Shew & Co. London. Collapsing A form, wooden camera for RR lens, rotating aperture plate f/8,11,16,32. Rotary shutter T/I. Helical screw and lever focusing inf.- 1 1/2 yards. Shew removable , reflecting finder. No focusing screen. (M477)
wet-plate studio camera
Studio camera by Charles G Collins, St John's Wood, 1870-1889. Sliding body camera for 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch plates. The lens panel slides into back. RAck and pinion focusing over approx 20cm, exposed rack on basebaord. Vertical swing repeating back. Ground glass focusing screen hinges downwards. Fitted with a single wooden darkslide. With DAllmeyer 3D lens cat no.0657. Charles G. Collins.
Calotype camera used by William Henry Fox Talbot, c 1841
Calotype camera with lens and metal focussing cover, (mahogany), c 1839-1842. Camera owned and used by William Henry Fox Talbot; made by Andrew Ross. During 1838 and 1840 Talbot purchased a number of cameras to make photogenic drawings from the London instrument maker, Andrew Ross. Equipped with simple lens there is also an inspection hole in the lens panel above the lens that was use to check that the image was centrally located on the sensitive paper and correctly focused.
Twelve lens repeating, back wet plate camera, c 1870
Twelve lens repeating, back wet plate camera, c1870.
Kruegener's patent book camera No 1510
Magazine plate camera in form of book, for 38 x 38mm plates. Lens missing, guillotine shutter with tension adjusting knob, plate carried in metal holder then pushed from upper compartment into focal plane and then into the lower compartment by sliding rod. Number on plate holder back visible through red window. No 1742. Marion & Co, 1934. Invented by Dr Rudolf Krugener.
Improved 'Academy' Quarter Plate Camera
Improved 'Academy', 1/4-plate' camera by Marion & Co., embodying view-finding device by Driffield; with spare plate changing box, c. 1875.
Tombosa Detective Camera
Protype box-type rollfilm camera for 80mm wide roll film 95 x 80mmm. 'Parcel' or 'Tombosa' camera. Fitted with a rapid rectilinear lens, sliding plate with three apertures sliding focusing uncalibrated, rotating shutter, adjustable tension, single reflecting finder, film wound without backing paper, friction roller, indicates correct windon., pressure plate pinched by lever to be slackened when winding off. Camera covered with cardboard case with apertures for controls, lens, etc. Surrounded by leather straps and carrying handle, to resemble brown paper parcel. Henry N B Good of Devises. 1889. never produced commercially.
Underwood dryplate camera in leather case
Miscellanea & Curiosities
Camera, British Rail, Underwood dryplate camera in leather case.
Dry Collodion Plate Camera
Dry collodion plate camera, sliding box, c. 1860, with lens by London Stereoscopic Co.
Plate camera, North Eastern Railway
Tools of the Trade & Personal Accessories
Camera, dryplate, ex York Carriageworks, in case with engraved label North Eastern Railway carriage and wagon dept. drawing office York.
Kodak No 3 Folding Quarter Plate Camera
Kodak Number 3, folding 'Brownie' quarter-plate camera, 1905.
Rouch's Eureka Detective Camera
Box magazine plate camera for 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inch plates. Rouch instantaneous doublet lens No 7023 with 4 Waterhouse stops, Thornton Pickard Roller Blind shutter built in behind lens 15/25/40/60/80, released by pneumatic tube (perished). Two reflecting finders with covers. Sliding lens cover, bag type plate changer built in with 12 metal plate holders. Sliding body focusing. W.W. rouch. 1888.
Brownie flash 20 camera
Kodak Brownie Flash 20. Plastic body box camera for 620 rollfilm 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 inches. Fitted with a simple lens with rotating plate with three apertures Ev 13, 14, 15. Instantaneous shutter linked to windon. Helical focusing with click stops. Direct vision optical finder with framing marks. Built in polished flash reflector for capless flash bulbs battery compartment with capacitor circuit 22 1/2 v battery. No flash bulb fitted. Eastman Kodak. 1959-1962.
Ernemann Cronos 'B' folding bellows camera
Ernemann Cronos 'B' folding bellows camera for negative size 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 using plates or cutfilm. Drop-front pull-out type with lever focusing. Fitted with a Nostar Anastigmat F.6.8 105mm lens mounted in a Zeiss Ikon everset shutter with speeds 1sec-1/100 B. & T. Lens panel has rising front and side movement. With ground glass screen and brilliant waist-level viewdinedr with spirit level. Metal construction with black leather cover. c.1924
Newman and Guardia Sibyl Camera
Newman and Guardia Sibyl camera, a folding camera for 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch plates. Fitted with a Taylor, Taylor and Hobson Cooke lens Series III F: 4.4 inches, f/6.5-45. No. 18706. Between lens shutter 2/4/8/16/32/64/100. Cocking lever marked 0 and +. Sliding rising front. Lever focusing with two extension positions marked 1 and 2. Optical frame finder on front panel only. Ground glass focusing screen.
Lizars 'The Challenge' folding belows plate camera, c 1895
The Challenge wooden folding bellows camera for negatives 3 1/4" x 4 1/4". With rack and pinion focusing. Fitted with a fixed focus doublet lens about 6" f.1 and with wheel stops. Mounted in a Thornton Pickard roller blind shutter (time and instantaneous). Lens panel of rising front movement. Mahogany with brass fittings. Lizars, c1895.
3A Pocket Premo C camera
Folding camera for 3 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch plates. Fitted with a Bausch and Lomb pantograph lens F; 6 3/4 inches f/8-44. Ball bearing shutter 25/50/100/B/T. With pneumatic release valve and exposure counter, rack and pinion focusing with extra extension, brilliant reflecting rotating finder, ground glass focusing screen No 7902. Eastman Kodak.
Baker and Rouse Plate Camera
Baker and Rouse 12 x 10 inch plate camera. Folding field camera for 12 x 10 inch plates. Fitted with a London Stereoscopic Co Black Band Rapid Rectilinear lens for 15 x 12 inch plates. f/8-64 No.17315. On circular lens board. Sliding rising front. Rack and pinion focusing, double extension. Vertical swing back. Hinged ground glass focusing screen. With 10 x 8 inch adaptors. Baker and Rouse.
Voigtlander Alpin camera
Folding camera for 10 x 15cm plates. Lens and shutter missing. Rack and pinion rising front, sliding cross front - considerable movement. Rack and pinion focusing. Sliding double extension. Folding optical frame finder. Ground glass focusing screen. Provision for rollable stereo septum (missing).
Thornton Pickard Ruby camera
Thornton Pickard Ruby camera. Quarterplate folding camera, brass and mahogany. Bellows plate. Rising and swing front. Double focussing pinions - front and back Pendulum level. Built-in tripod fittings. No.3193A. Fitted with Cooke lens 1259. No 3193.
Ernemann plate camera
Folding camera for 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inch plates. Originally fitted with an Ernemann detective Aplanat lens No. f/6.8-36 No. 206029. Ernemann patent pneumatic shutter 1/2/5/25/50/100/B/T. Sliding focusing. Sliding rising and cross front. Brilliant reflecting rotating finder with spirit level. Folding optical frame finder automatically erected when the camera is opened. Ground glass focusing screen with collapsing hood. With cable release and a pair of holders for 3 metal darkslides. No.162011.
Ernemann plate camera
Folding camera for 6.5 x 9cm plates. Fitted with an Ernemann Detective aplanat lens no.00.346479 f/6.6-36. Ernemann shutter 25/50/100/B/T. Cable release. Brilliant ground glass focusing screen No.2671. Ernemann.
Ernemann miniature plate camera
Ernemann miniature plate camera, made by H. Ernemann, Dresden. For 1 3/4" x 2 1/2" plates. Self erecting folding form. No. 213130. Ernemann Detective Aplanat F:80mm, f.6.8 - 18. Shutter 1/2/5/25/50/100/Z/O (not working). Lever focussing; two reflecting brilliant finders on base plate. Focussing screen. With filmpack adaptor.
Dubroni Daguerreotype Camera
Dubroni camera, 1864. Wooden solid body camera for wet collation process. takes plate 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches, held by springs against an earthenware container, into which sensitizing and processing chemicals can be introduced by a glass pipette (missing). f/4 Dubroni portrait lens No 8896, rack and pinion focusing. Hinged back with orange glass to observe progress of process. With rubber and glass pipet.
Pony Premo No 5 camera
Folding camera for 5x4 inch plates. Victor rapid rectilinear lens, US4 - 128. Bausch and Lomb shutter 1/2/5/25/100/B/T. Rack and pinion focusing, extra extension. Sliding rising and cross front. Reflecting rotating finder on baseboard. Circular ball level. Vertical swing back. Reversible back, with sprung ground glass screen. No 127548. In fitted case with two double blockform dark slides, and Premo film pack adaptor.
No 4 Bullet Special model of 1896
No. 4 Bullet Special model camera of 1896, manufactured by Eastman Kodak Co. Box camera for 103 rollfilm or single plate holders, 4 x 5 inches. Achromatic lens, rotating plate with three apertures, rotary shutter T/I, sliding focusing, two reflecting finders. Eastman Kodak Company, 1896.
Falling plate magazine camera
No maker's name. Box plate camera for 3 1/4 x 4 1/4" plates. Rapid rectilinear lens; rotating plate with 4 apertures; f/8, 11, 16, 22. 'Patent' shutter 5/25/50/100/T. Rack and pinion focusing. Two brilliant reflecting finders. Yellow filter, stowed inside camera front. Sliding cover for lens and viewfinders. 12 metal plate holders with hooked bottoms, released by slide on camera top.
Pony Premo No 4
Folding camera for 5 x 4 inch plates. Fitted with a rapid rectilinear lens US 8-128, Bausch & Lomb Victor shutter 1/2/5/25/100/B/T with pneumatic release valve. Sliding rising front, sliding focusing, reflecting rotating finder on base board, rotable back with ground glass focusing screen No 90432. Swing back. Rochester Optical Company, 1898-1900.
The Peckham Wray camera
The Peckham Wray camera for plates or cutfilm 5 x4. Fitted with two shutters, a focal plane roller-blind shutter, built into the body of the camera with speeds from 1/15 to 1/800sec. and T. Second is a Synchro Compur ring pre-set shutter, speeds 1sec 1/500 sec and B into which the lens, a Wray Lustar F.4.5 135mm f.1 is mounted. Both are fitted into a helical mount. With two mirrors and simple wire frame finder mounted on the left of a reflex finder. Wray optical Works, c.1950
Scoville detective camera
Scoville 'Waterbury' detective camera. Box camera for 5 x 4 inch plates. Fitted with a rapid rectilinear lens with two circular stops f/15 and f/20. Rotary shutter with adjustable tension. Level focusing. Single reflecting finder, focusing screen in spring back storage space underneath room for double darkslide. Patented Oct. 16 1888. c.1889. Manufactured by Scoville Mfg. Co., USA. Overall: 190 mm x 192 mm x 186 mm.
Zodel plate camera
Folding camera for 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch plates. Zodellax No.1 anastigmat lens no. 84375 F:12cm f/4.5-45. Compur shutter, 1/2/5/10/25/50/100/250/B/T. Rack and pinion focusing, double extension. Brilliant reflecting rotating finder with spirit level. Screw rising front, sliding cross front. Hooded ground glass screen (broken). Made for Wallace Heaton Ltd.
Ensign Klito folding bellows camera, c 1920
Ensign Klito folding bellows camera negatives 3 1/4 x 5 (9 x 12) for plates and cutfilm. Drop-front pull-out standrtad with double extension bellows with rack and pinion focusing. Fitted with a Bauscj & Lomb Rapid Rectilinear lens approx F.8 mounted in a Kodak ball bearing shutter, speeds 1/25 sec 1/100 B. & T. With back ground-glass focusing screen with waist-level finder. Made of wood and metal covered in black leather. Houghton, c.1920
Goerz CDV Tenax camera
Collapsing camera for 9 x 6.5 cm plates. Fitted with a Goerz anastigmat Dagor lens F: 90mm f/6.8-32 No.334377. 3 blade compound shutter 1/2/5/10/25/50/100/250/B/T. Folding optical frame finder. Ground glass focusing screen. Wheel focusing on body No. 67409. Covered in bottle green leather with matching filmpack adaptor. C.P. Goerz sold by the London Stereoscopic company limited.
Cycle Poco No 3 plate camera
Cycle Poco No.3 plate camera, made by the Rochester Camera Company. Folding wooden plate camera for 5 x 7" plates. Baush and Lomb rapid rectilinear lens F 7 1/2", f8-128; Unicum shutter 1/2/5/25/100/B/T cocking wheel, pneumatic release valve. Sliding rising front. Rotating reflecting finder on baseboard. Hooded focussing scree (glass missing). Rack and pinion focussing 100-6'. Double extension.
Linhof Techinal standard press folding bellows camera
Linhof Techinal standard press folding bellows camera 5 x4 but fitted with 1/4 plate back. With double extension bellows, coupled rangefinder and interchangeable lenses. Each lens mounted on own lens panel. Base board can be placed at 90 adn 135. Front standard has rising front movement. Fitted with a Schneider Press Xenar F.4.7 127mm with Synchro Compur shutter with speeds 1sec - 1/500 and B. synchronisation lever has 2 settings, M for flashbulb and X for electronic flash. c. 1950
Quarter-Plate Hand Camera
Folding camera for 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inch plates. Originally fitted with an Amar anastigmat lens F:135mm, no.40653. Vario shutter 25/50/100/B/T. Rack and pinion focusing (knob missing). Screw rising, sliding cross front. Brilliant reflecting rotating finder. Ground glass focusing screen with folding hood.