Postcard Sibyl - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Postcard Sibyl

1911

Model 11a

Newman & Guardia Ltd

London

England

Image of Postcard Sibyl

Lens:
f4.5, 150 mm Ross-Zeiss Tessar, iris diaphragm to f45. Serial no. 16837 .

Shutter:
Two-blade pivoted return, spring powered, pneumatic regulation. Speeds 1 - 1/100, B, T. Self-capping.

Construction:
Leather covered metal body with leather bellows.

Format:
5 " x 3 " plates held in slides.

Focusing:
Bellows to 1 yard. Two focusing positions: slides (marked DS), film pack (marked FP).

Attributes:
Folding reflecting view-finder with spirit levels. Because of the body dimensions the frame to which the front standard locks has to be pulled out along the baseboard before use. Depth-of-field scale.

Movements:
Rise and cross front.

Serial Number:
PC123 .

Notes:
Address on camera: Newman & Guardia. 17 & 18 Rathbone Place. Oxford St. W. (1909 - 1929). Ross address 31 Cockspur St. London. S W.

With:
Screen back. Film pack adapter Premo size 343 for 5 " x 3 " films. Exposure note book. Case with Ross label.

The f4.5 lens is the faster of the two fitted to the postcard, the other being f6.3. The Postcard did not prove as successful as others in the range, the price was 27.10.0. The film pack adapter is by a different maker with a wooden frame fitted to it by N&G. The focusing screen is on a wood frame which brings it into register with the film pack adapter. The inside of the frame has bevelled edges, this together with the thickness of the frame, allows the full area (5 " x 3 ") of the film pack to be used.

References & Notes:
N&G Cameras. N&G Serial Numbers. Sibyl shutter. BJA 1912, pp. 96, 727. BJA 1913, p. 94. BJA 1914, p. 94.

Illustrations:
Christie's Cat. 9/11/1989 lot 132. Camera number 167 fitted with an f6.3 lens.


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