N&G Standard - Antique and Vintage Cameras

N&G Standard

1892

Newman & Guardia

London

England

Image of N&G Standard

Lens:
f8, 5 ½" Wray Rapid Rectilinear, iris diaphragm to f64. Serial no. 9317 .

Shutter:
N&G, sector type, spring powered with pneumatic regulation, speeds 1/2 - 1/100. T setting by short pressure on release with shutter set to 1/2 second.

Construction:
Leather covered mahogany body.

Format:
12, 3 ¼" x 4 ¼" plates held in removable changing box, bag type.

Focusing:
Bellows to 1 yard. Single extension.

Attributes:
Two reflecting view-finders. Automatic counter on changing box.

Movements:
Rising front.

Serial Number:
A263 .

Notes:
Address on plaque: Newman & Guardia. 92 Shaftesbury Avenue. London. W. (1893 - 1897). Patents on box: 8329/86.

With:

  • Changing box for 12 plates, with plate holders and pressure slide. Serial no. 361.
  • Focusing screen. Canvas case.

The Standard, also called the A, was one of the first N&G cameras. It is a detective or magazine camera and was the simplest of the Universal series produced by N&G. The Universal cameras proved very popular during the 1890s and early 1900s. They incorporated a very accurate and well-made shutter and a removable changing box. Both the subject of N&G patents.

The Standard went through a number of minor modifications:

  • Spirit levels were added, first circular in 1895, then 'T' levels.
  • The first cameras had a celluloid focusing screen, replaced by glass after about a year.
  • The small lens door was connected to the shutter release in 1895.
Other modifications which affected the Special B were probably not included on the Standard. The Standard was produced until around 1903, it was also available in 5" x 4" size.

This example was made probably around 1895. It could not have been made later than this as N&G changed to a Ltd company during 1896. The price was £12.12.0.

References & Notes:
N&G Cameras. N&G Serial Numbers. N&G Universal shutter. BP 8329/1886. BP 20299/1890. BP 13857/1892. BP 20649/1892. BJA 1893, p. 418. BJA 1894, p. 508. BJA 1895, p. 482. BJA 1896, p. 108. BJA 1897, p. 110. BJA 1899, p. 122. BJA 1900, p. 123. BJA 1902, p. 132.


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