Changing Boxes - Antique and Vintage Cameras

N&G Changing Box

Model A

1892

Newman & Guardia Ltd

London

England

Image of N&G Changing Box

Construction:
Polished mahogany.

Format:
12, 3 " x 4 " plates.

Attributes:
Exposure counter.

Serial Number:
3680 .

Notes:
Patent date of 1892.

With:
12 plate holders. Pressure plate (serial no. 3414).

Model B

1892

Newman & Guardia Ltd

London

England

Construction:
Polished mahogany, aluminium binding.

Format:
12, 6 " x 4 " plates.

Attributes:
Exposure counter.

Serial Number:
1486 .

Notes:
Patent dates of 1886 and 1892.

With:
12 plate holders, 11 cut-film sheaths. Pressure plate.

Model B

Construction:
Polished mahogany, brass binding.

Format:
12, 4" x 5" plates.

Attributes:
Exposure counter.

Serial Number:
1072 .

Notes:
Patent dates of 1886 and 1892.

With:
12 plate holders. Pressure plate.

Model SR

Construction:
Leather covered mahogany.

Format:
12, 2 " x 3 " plates.

Attributes:
Exposure counter.

Notes:
Address: 17 - 18 Rathbone Pl. Fitting for a Sibyl with early type of back catch.

With:
12 plate holders one with pressure springs. 9 glass plates.

The 1886 patent by A.S. Newman was for a changing box where the exposed plate is raised by a crank lever in the bottom of the box. These were supplied by Newman & Simpson and with early cameras by Adams & Co. with whom there was a degree of collaboration at the time.

The boxes sold with N&G cameras from 1892 have the rear plate raised by a sliding plate, the plate was gripped by the fingers and slotted into the front of the box. Pressure was maintained by a plate with attached springs.

Various models of the changing box were produced. Each box was produced in two forms: 1 - for plates or the same number of cut-films; 2 - for a greater number of cut-films only. Additionally some boxes were produced for either 8 or 12 plates. Most plate sizes were stocked and any other size could be made to order.

Model A
1892. For fitting to the N&G Universal range of cameras. The rear plate is lifted by a vertically moving slide. Produced in two forms for either 12 plates or 24 cut-films. Early models have the patent number for 1886 then for 1886 and 1892. Later only the 1892 patent is shown and finally no patent number is present. Finished in polished mahogany.

Model B
Similar to the Model A but for fitting to a field or folding plate camera. Produced for 12 plates or 24 cut-films. Finished in mahogany.

Model SR
c. 1904. These are for fitting to the Square Reflector, Sibyl and similar cameras. The boxes are leather covered. A short lever moves in an arc on the back of the box to lift the plate. The bag is on the shorter side of the plate. Produced for 8 plates c. 1908, 12 plates, 12 cut-films c. 1908, 18-24 cut-films (advertisements give various figures).

References & Notes:
Changing Boxes. BP 8329/1886. BP 20299/1890. BP 13857/1892. N&G Cat. 1908, p. 129. N&G Cat. 1911, pp. 38, 62. BJA 1890, p. 769. BJA 1904, p. 135. BJA 1909, p. 81.


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