Dallmeyer Hand Camera - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Dallmeyer Hand Camera

1894

J.H. Dallmeyer Ltd

London

England

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Lens:
f8, 5 ¼" Dallmeyer Rapid Rectilinear, iris diaphragm with Dallmeyer scale 6.5 - 100 (f8 - f32), external pointer. Serial no. 54275 (c. 1894).

Shutter:
T-P T&I, speeds 1/15 - 1/90. Serial no. B93815.

Construction:
Leather covered wood body.

Format:
3 ¼" x 4 ¼" plates held in metal double dark-slides.

Focusing:
Sliding box to 3'. Focusing scale.

Attributes:
Removable view-finder consisting of a single lens for eye-level use with a swivelling mirror for waist-level use (French). Spirit level, the level can be attached to either the top or side of the camera.

Movements:
Rise and cross front.

With:
Focusing screen. 6 metal double dark-slides (1 - 12) with glass plates. Yellow filter. Lens cap. View-finder. Tripod screw. Case.

This is a well-made detective camera of simple design but incorporating some movements.

It appeared around 1894 and was shown at the RPS exhibition of that year. The BJA of 1898 shows a camera similar to this but with the handle in a different position and the focusing position (i.e. where the camera divides) nearer the plate. Later a bellows model was produced for extended focusing for use with long focus lenses. The dark-slides are unusual, they have metal doors that fold down to the base of the camera when in use. The finder clips into the front of the camera near the shutter when not in use.

Some models had a simplified rise and cross front movement using 'L' shaped guides to control the movement of the lens panel. This example has the movements working independently, each on a sliding panel. A 'Snap Shot' shutter was also fitted to some models.

References & Notes:
BJA 1898, p. 1405. BJA 1899, p. 1505. BJA 1902, p. 1539. BJA 1903, p. 1559. YBP 1895, p. 369.

Further Information:
A similar camera, no. 8345, at Christie's March 1992 sale had a lens no. 54273 and the 'L' shaped movements.


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