The Royal - Antique and Vintage Cameras

The Royal

1900

London Stereoscopic Co. Ltd

London

England

Image of The Royal

Lens:
Two, 2 " landscape lenses. Lens separation 3".

Shutter:
Single-blade guillotine, spring powered, second blade for covering lenses when changing plates. Both operated by the changing mechanism.

Construction:
Polished mahogany body.

Format:
2 ⅛" x 2 ⅛" plates. The stereo pairs are on separate plates, the changing mechanism has to be operated twice in order to bring a pair of unexposed plates to the film plane. Single plates can be exposed.

Focusing:
Fixed.

Attributes:
Brilliant view-finder. Exposure counter. Changing the plate tensions the shutter.

Notes:
Address: London Stereoscopic Co. 106 & 108 Regent St. W. & 54 Cheapside. E.C. (1889 - 1907).

With:
16 plate holders.

The changing mechanism is connected to the shutter by a wire cord so that changing a plate sets the shutter, an unusual feature for 1900. The camera was patented by H. Smyth and sold for 5.5.0.

The illustration (right) shows the shutter in the unset position. When the changing mechanism is operated the cord retracts into the body and pulls the capping plate B and with it the shutter plate A to the set position, when set the catch a1 on plate A is held by the face d2 of lever D. When the changing mechanism is returned the spring B pulls plate B back to the left. When set for instantaneous exposures the plate T is pushed to the right, on pressing the release the lever D is rocked freeing the catch a1, plate A can now move to the left pulled by spring A to make the exposure. When set for time exposures T is pulled to the left, on release plate A moves to the left but catch a1 is held by lever E as the aperture X uncovers the lens, it is held in this position until further pressure on the release moves lever D which knocks lever E and frees a1. The patent shows the control knob for T closer to the shutter release.

References & Notes:
BP 21873/1899. BJA 1901. BJA 1902, p. 1226. YBP 1901, p. 529.
Houghton's Smyth camera - BJA 1903, p. 381. Phot. Dealer Apr/1903, p. 111.


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London Stereoscopic Co.

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