Adams - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Adams Changing Box

1902 model

Adams & Co.

London

England

Image of Adams Changing Box

Construction:
Polished mahogany.

Format:
8, 3 " x 4 " plates.

Attributes:
Tambour shutter to uncover the plate. The plates are raised into the bag by a lever. Selector for plate or cut-films. Exposure counter.

Serial Number:
1254 .

Notes:
Address: 26 Charing Cross.

With:
8 plate holders.

1902 model

Construction:
Polished mahogany.

Format:
8, 3 " x 4 " plates.

Attributes:
Tambour shutter to uncover the plate. The plates are raised into the bag by a lever. Selector for plate or cut-films. Exposure counter.

Serial Number:
1255 .

Notes:
Address: 26 Charing Cross.

With:
8 plate holders.

B Pattern

1905

Construction:
Leather covered mahogany, cloth bag.

Format:
8, 5 " x 3 " plates.

Attributes:
Tambour shutter to uncover the plate. The plates are raised into the bag by pushing back the shutter. Red window to view plate number.

Serial Number:
3112 .

Notes:
Address: 26 Charing Cross.

With:
8 plate holders.

Adams produced a number of removable changing boxes and mechanisms within detective cameras. The naming and designation used by Adams is not always clear, particularly for the pre 1902 period.

Early
This model was based on the Newman patent of 1886 and was probably made by Newman. It was a bag type with a button on the top of the box to lift the front plate, this seems to have been quickly replaced by a one using a lever to raise the rear plate. Around 1892 Adams produced their own box looking very similar to the earlier Newman model probably using a lever on the back to lift the plate.

Popular
Introduced in the 1890s, these have a lifter at the front of the box and a draw-slide. It was made in two forms one in walnut for 12 plates the other in mahogany for plates or films.

Yale
Based on Adams' 1896 patent and fitted to the Yale detective camera. The front plates rest on an incline that lifts the plates which can then be gripped by the fingers.

Tilting Frame
Based on Adams' 1892 patent, part of the box tilts backwards and so gives access to the front plate that can be lifted. This is also referred to as a Yale pattern.

1902 model
Based on Adams' 1901 patent, the box is fitted with a tambour shutter to expose the plate and a lifter at the front of the box.

C Pattern
The 1902 model was renamed C around 1905, it was selectable for 12 plates or 24 cut-films.

B Pattern
Similar to the model C but for 8 plates or, in a different form, 16 films.

A Pattern
This was a version of the Popular.

Automatic
A push-pull model was briefly advertised in 1904 but probably not produced.

Ernemann
For a time a push-pull box made by Ernemann was advertised.

References & Notes:
Changing Boxes. BP 20299/1890. BP 15292/1892. BP 13019/1896. BP 23431/1901. BJA 1893, p. 259. BJA 1899, pp. 341, 374. BJA 1901. BJA 1903, p. 355. BJA 1904. BJA 1905, p. 330. BJA 1906, p. 324. BJA 1908. BJA 1911. BJA 1929, p. 328.


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Adams & Co.

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