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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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Speed Graphic Camera
Speed Graphic Camera 5"x4". Kalart Synchronized Range Finder; Supermatic shutter by Eastman Kodak; Kodak Ektar lens 1:4.7, 127mm, No FT4583; flash arm attached, fitted with Phillips Photoflux Type PF48 flashbulb (1982-5028/2).
Goerz Tenax plate camera
Folding hand camera for plates 9 x 12cm. Fitted with a Goerz Kalostigmat lens F: 13cm f/6.8-36 No.421500. Ibso shutter 1/2/5/10/25/50/100/B/T. Rack and pinion focusing, double extension, lever worked sliding rising front, cross front. Brilliant reflecting finder with spirit level. Ground glass focusing screen (broken). C.P. Goerz.
Patent Field Camera by A J Melhuish of London
Patent field camera by A J Melhuish of London. A 10 x 8 inch Kinnearpattern camera with brass rear standard and applied label 'Melhuish's patent. Patented November 10, 1859 and December 28 1859'.
Kodak No 3 plate camera Series C
No. 3 Eastman plate camera series C; (back says series D). Kodak, 1901-1902
Ernemann pocket plate camera
Folding camera for 9 x 12cm plates. Originally fitted with a Rodenstock Doppel anastigmat eurynar lens F:135mm f/6.8-45, No. 47028. Compound shutter 1/2/5/10/25/50/100/250/B/T but the lens has been exchanged for a 2454. Has a sliding rising front, with sliding focusing. With an Optica frame finder automatically erected when camera is opened and the original backsight replaced. Hooded focusing screen. Ernemann.
Busch folding bellows camera hand camera
Busch folding bellows camera hand camera ffor plates or sheetfilm size 31/4 x 4 1/4". Drop-front pull-out type. With rack and pinion focusing. With red leather bellows. Triple extension and rising front and side movement. Fitted with Busch Anastigmat Omnar Series 11 f.5.6 5 1/2" f.1 lens in a Unicum Bausch & Lomb shutter with speeds1sec to 1/100sec B. & T. With brilliant waist-level viewfinder. Of mahogany with nickel plated fittings with black leather cover. c.1912
Goerx Tenax folding plate camera
Goerx Tenax folding plate camera for negatives 9x12cm. Drop-front pull-out type wuth Ernemann Doublet lens F.11 135mm f.1 mounted in a everset 3 speed shutter. With brilliant waist-level viewfinder attached to front standard. All metal and wood body with black leather cover. c.1923
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.
Sanderson hand camera
Folding camera for 4 x 5 inch plates. Fitted with a Dallmeyer wide angle anastigmat lens F: 5 1/4 inches f/6.5-45 in hardboard lens panel. Sliding rising front - with two adjustments. Drop front to baseboard, swing front. Rack and pinion focusing, extra extension. Hinged top to lid to allow for rising front movement with wide angle lens. Baseboard viewfinder missing. Spirit level. Home made ground glass screen holder.
Sanderson Hand Camera With Quarterplate Back
Folding camera, bellows form with double extension rack and pinion focussing. Rising and swing front. Ball bearing level; brilliant reflex finder with rotating mask..
Contessa Nettel folding bellows camera
Contessa Nettel folding bellows camera for plates or sheet-film size 3 1/4 x 4 1.4". Has double extension anmd focusing is by rack and pinion. Front panel has rising front and side movement. Fitted with a Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar F.4.5 150mm lens mounted in a dial set Compur shutter with speeds 1 sec to 1/150 B. & T. With back of ground glass and brilliant waist-level finder on front with spirit level. All metal construction with black leather cover. C.1922
Apem Press camera
Apem 'Press' camera, no. W251. A collapsing camera for 2 1/2 x 3 12 inch plates. Fitted with a Soho anastigmat lens f/4.5-22. Fabric focal plane shutter 18/24/36/75/150/300/800/B/T. Folding wire frame finder. Sliding rising and cross from (little movement). Helical focusing. Focusing screen missing. Apem. Patent no 170719/21. Overall (deployed): 170 mm x 160 mm x 135 mm.
Folding bellows hand or stand camera
Folding bellows hand or stand camera for plates or sheet size 4 1/4" x 3 1/4". Double extension, tapered red leather bellows, reversing and tilting back. Lens panel of rising front and side movement. Two metal struts for rigidity. Rack and pinion focusing. Fitted with a Rapid Rectilinear lens F.8 6" f.1 lens. Has no shutter. Made of mahogany with nickel plated fittings. c.1906
Voigtlander Bergheil folding camera, c 1927
Voigtlander Bergheil folding camera for plates or cutfilm 9 x12cm. Fitted with triple extension bellows. WIth brilliant viewfinder and framefinder on front standard. Fitted with a Voigtl Geliar F.4.5 15 cm lens in a dial set Compur shuttter speeds 1sec - 1/200sec in bayonet mount. c.1927.
Voigtlander 'Vag' folding bellows camera
Voigtlander 'Vag' folding bellows camera for plates and cutfilm negative size 9 x 12cm. Drop-front pull-out camera. Single extension bellows. Fitted with a Voigtlander Voigtar F.6.3. 135mm lens mounted in an ever set Ibsor shutter, speeds 1-1/125sec B.&T. Viewing by ground glass back. With brilliant waist level viewfinder. Aluminium alloy body with black leather covering. c.1924
Voigtlander Bergheil folding bellows camera, c 1922
Voigtlander Bergheil folding bellows camera for plates or cutfilm, negative size 10 x15cm. Made of drwn steel wo carry large aperture lens. Drop-front pull-out type with double extension bellows. Rack and pinion focusing. Lens panel has rising and cross front movement operated by two thimb screws. Fitted with a Voigtlander Anastigmat 'Skopar' F.4.5 16.5cm mounted in a dial set Compur shutter speeds 1 1/200sec B. & T. With back ground-glass screen and waist-level brilliant viewfinder. c.1922
folding bellows camera
Folding plate camera for plates or cutfilm 9 x 12cm. Drop-front pull-out type with rising front and side movement. Double extension bellows worked by rack and pinion. Fitted with a Polyplan F.7.2 135mm lens mounted in a Vario 3-speed shutter 1/25 -1/100B.T. Back ground glass and brilliant waist-level viewfinder. Made of wood and metal with leather cover. c.1914
Rollfilm plate camera
Folding camera for 3 1/2 inch wide rollfilm or single plates. Fitted with an Aldis anastigmat lens No.2 f/6-64. Bausch and Lomb automat shutter 1/2/5/10/25/50/100/B/T. Pneumatic release. Brilliant reflecting rotating finder with spirit level. Screw rising and cross front. RAck and pinion focusing. DOuble extension. Drop front. COmbination back. With envelope adaptor back and 12 card plateholders. No. 203713.
Clunz Plate Camera No 8
Cunz plate camera Model 8. Folding camera for 4 inch x 5 inch plates. F:13.5cm Steinheil Munchen Doppelanastigmat Unofocal. ACG shutter 1/2/5/10/25/50/100/T/B. Rising and cross front. Double extension bellows. Reflecting brilliant finder with spirit level
KW etui camera
Folding camera for 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch plates. Fitted with a Zeiss tessar lens F: 12cm f/4.5-32 No.1182162. Rimset compur shutter 1/2/5/10/25/50/100/250/B/T delayed action. Rack and pinion focusing, double extension. Screw rising front. Brilliant reflecting rotating diner. FOlding wiore frame finder. NO. 56883. Kamera WErkeStalten.
Folding mentor camera
Folding Mentor camera, no. 16937. A collapsing press type camera for 9 x 12cm plates. Fitted with an extra rapid aplanet lens, No.1, f/8-44. Focal plane shutter with 11 slit widths and 6 tensions, 66 speed from 1/2 to 1/300sec. Lens panel rotates to give sliding rising or dross front. Helical focusing by lever. Folding optical frame finder. Ground glass focusing screen (missing). Goltz & Breutmann. Overall (deployed): 176 mm x 170 mm x 170 mm.