Lancaster Multi-lens - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Four lens camera

1882

J. Lancaster & Son

Birmingham

England

Image of Four lens camera

Lens:
Four, c. f5.6, 4" Petzval type lenses, fixed aperture.

Shutter:
Simple sliding shutter.

Construction:
Mahogany.

Format:
4 exposures, 2" x 1 " on a 3 " x 4 " plate or 8 on a 5" x 7" plate. (Victoria size).

Focusing:
To 17".

Lancaster produced a range of multi-lens cameras for Gem or Victoria size images. These were essentially very similar cameras differing in the number of lenses (between 2 and 12) and whether a repeating back was fitted. When introduced in 1880 the camera had 12 lenses, two years later other sizes were introduced. The price of this example was 5.5.0.

In the early 1900s the Lancaster multi-lens cameras become a box shape with a flap or slide in front of the lenses.

References & Notes:
BJA 1890, p. 275. BJA 1892, p. 370. PA 1891, p. cvi. Lothrop, Century, p. 19.

Further Information:
Coe, Cameras, p.78.

Illustrations:
Sci. Mus. Cat. p.117. Late model.

Six lens camera

J. Lancaster & Son

Birmingham

England

Image of Six lens camera

Lens:
Six, 2 " Petzval type lenses, fixed aperture.

Shutter:
Simple flap shutter.

Construction:
Mahogany.

Format:
6 exposures, 1 " x 1 " on a 3 " x 4 " plate.

Focusing:
Sliding box movement.

With:
Focusing screen.

Late model from the early 1900s. The camera can be used to take portraits directly or for copying existing photographs.


Company Details:

Lancaster & Son

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