Adams Vesta - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Adams Vesta

1894

Original model

Adams & Co.

London

England

Image of Adams Vesta

Lens:
f8, 5 ½" Wray Rapid Rectilinear, iris diaphragm to f64. Serial no. 8774 .

Shutter:
Two-blade return, spring powered with pneumatic regulation, speeds 1 - 1/100, T. Not self-capping.

Construction:
Mahogany body, unpleated leather bellows, metal fittings.

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

Focusing:
Rack and pinion movement on lens, to 7 feet.

Attributes:
Brilliant view-finder.

Movements:
Tilting back.

Serial Number:
76 .

Notes:
Address on camera: Adams & Co. 81 Aldersgate Street & 26 Charing Cross Rd. W. (1892 - 1897). The camera is marked "Patent applied for".

With:
Focusing screen. 4 block-form double dark-slides, celluloid sheaths. View-finder.

The original Vesta is a wooden bodied camera with two pairs of struts. A very different camera to the more familiar Vesta of 'Hand and Stand' form with lazy tong struts. It was shown at the RPS exhibition of 1894 but may have been made earlier as it is advertised, in slightly different form, in the BJA of 1893. The Photogram of 1894 also talks of improvements that have been made.

Early advertisements show a camera with pleated bellows that detach from the front standard for folding. Advertisements of 1895 show fixed and unpleated bellows as does the patent application. Only line drawings of the pleated bellows model are shown, possibly produced before the camera was actually made.

In advertisements of 1896 emphasis was made of an iris diaphragm being fitted and fixed bellows allowing one movement to set up the camera. The Vesta was compared to rival cameras - meaning the N&G Nydia.

The camera back could take either dark-slides or a changing box. A slot in the bottom of the back allows the changing box slide to be removed. The camera in 1895 cost £8.10.0 with the Wray lens. A Goerz lens was also available. Drawings show the camera with a hooded finder, this would be unusual for an Adams brilliant finder. Production ceased in the late 1890s.

References & Notes:
BP 18595/1893. BP 9119/1894 (finder). BJA 1893, p.256. BJA 1894, p. 276. BJA 1895, p. 248. BJA 1896, p. 296. BJA 1898, p. 1338. The Photogram 1894, p. 247.


Company Details:

Adams & Co.

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