Kern Bijou - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Kern Bijou

c. 1920/23

Kern

Aarau

Switzerland

Image of Kern Bijou

Lens:
f4.5, 105 mm Kern, iris diaphragm to f36. Serial no. 1207 .

Shutter:
Dial-set Compur, speeds 1 - 1/250, B, T. Serial no. 702728.

Construction:
Metal body with leather panels, leather bellows.

Format:
6.5 x 9 cm plates held in single metal slides.

Focusing:
Bellows, double extension to 1 metre.

Attributes:
Two view-finders giving projected outline of the picture area, these consist of a small ground glass with an outline of the image format and a magnifying lens (next to the eye) focused on the screen. The subject is viewed with one eye while the other looks through the view-finder. Spirit level. Revolving back.

Movements:
Rising front.

Serial Number:
57 , (possibly a manufacturing number).

Notes:
Retailer's label in case: Westminster Photographic Exchange Ltd. 119 Victoria Street. London. SW1.

With:
Hooded focusing screen. 3 single metal slides. Cable release. Case.

A folding camera of unusual design and construction, the two finders are similar to those on the original model Verascope. Later models of the camera (c. 1926) have an optional wire frame finder in addition to the Kern finders. A 9 x 12 cm model was added at about this time. The price was £12.17.6.

References & Notes:
BJA 1924, pp. 647, 726. BJA 1925, p. 728. BJA 1927, p. 727. BJA 1928, p. 719.

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