Chadwick - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Chadwick Stereoscopic Camera

1889

W.I. Chadwick

Manchester

England

Image of Chadwick Stereoscopic Camera

Lens:
Two, f11, 5" landscape lenses, wheel stops to f45. Serial no. 4646 4647 .

Construction:
Spanish mahogany, dovetail joints, brass fittings, mauve square cornered leather bellows.

Format:
Two images on 3 " x 6 " plates held in single dark-slides.

Focusing:
Bellows. Single extension, rack and pinion movement to rear standard.

Movements:
Rising front. Tilting back.

Serial Number:
1485 .

With:

  • Chadwick f8, 9", rapid rectilinear, iris diaphragm to f45. Mounted on front panel with cross movement. Serial no. 2258.
  • Case.

Chadwick was prominent in popularising the second phase of stereo photography that started around 1890. His Stereo camera was well designed and came complete with a single lens for mono use, the lens panel could be reversed with the lenses in place for storage. An accompanying viewer was also produced.

The camera was probably made by Billcliff although the brass work dose not have the worm-mark finish usually found on his cameras. The rising front, and cross front on the mono lens board, are held in place by flat springs.

The frame holding the ground glass swings up over the top of the camera in the normal way but is painted black rather than being polished. A similar camera in the Science Museum collection also has a black-painted frame. The dark slides recommended were single slides of American manufacture, the draw slide was made of ebonite or something similar, a door at the back of the slide opened to load the plate, similar to wet-plate slides.

References & Notes:
BJA 1893, p. 953. Chadwick, Stereoscopic Manual 2nd ed. PA 1891, pp. 356, 360 (dark slides).

Further Information:
A similar camera sold at Bonhams had stereo lenses with serial numbers of 4680/81 and a mono lens number 2269.

Illustrations:
Science Museum Collection object number Y1986.348.2.


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