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Trellis

1911

Newman & Guardia Ltd

London

England

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Lens:
f6.3, 3.5" Beck Isostigmar wide-angle Series IV. Iris diaphragm to f32. Serial no. 117579 .

Shutter:
Compound, speeds 1 - 1/200, B, T.

Construction:
Leather covered mahogany body, nickel fittings, leather bellows.

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

Focusing:
Bellows. Triple extension.

Attributes:
Revolving back. Drop-bed. Wide-angle rack. Wide-angle top flap. Removable lens panel.

Movements:
Rising front, tilting front.

Serial Number:
T140 .

Notes:
Sold by City Sale & Exchange, London.

With:
Hooded focusing screen. 3 double dark-slides (1 - 6). Watson cable release. Case.

Trellis

1911

Newman & Guardia Ltd

London

England

Image of Trellis

Lens:
f5.7, 5 " Ross Combinable, iris diaphragm to f45. Comprising two groups - f11, 10 ", iris to f64 and f11, 9 ", iris to f64. Serial no. 98374 98373 (c. 1920).

Shutter:
N&S Accurate, speeds 1/2 - 1/100, T. Spring powered, pneumatic regulation.

Construction:
Leather covered mahogany body, nickel fittings, leather bellows.

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

Focusing:
Bellows, to 24" with combined lens, 48" with 10 " lens, 41" with 9 " lens. Triple extension.

Attributes:
Revolving back. Drop-bed. Wide-angle rack. Wide-angle top flap. Reflecting view-finder with spirit levels, view-finder marked for rising front. Removable lens panel.

Movements:
Rising front, tilting front.

Serial Number:
T155 .

With:
Hooded focusing screen. 3 double dark-slides.

Trellis

1911

Newman & Guardia Ltd

London

England

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Lens:
f6.3, 6 " Ross Homocentric, iris diaphragm to f22. Serial no. 97138 .

Shutter:
Dial-set Compur, speeds 1 - 1/200, B, T. Serial no. 468032.

Construction:
Leather covered mahogany body, nickel fittings, leather bellows.

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

Focusing:
Bellows. Triple extension.

Attributes:
Revolving back. Drop-bed. Wide-angle rack. Wide-angle top flap. Reflecting view-finder with spirit levels, view-finder marked for rising front. Removable lens panel.

Movements:
Rising front, tilting front.

Serial Number:
T160 .

With:
Hooded focusing screen. 3 double dark-slides (1 - 6). Case.

The Trellis is a very strongly made square-pattern 'Hand and Stand' camera. Advertisements claim it was developed for explorers and travellers. It was made of thick section mahogany and would have stood up to hard professional use. A long bellows extension enabled the camera to be used with combinable or long focus lenses, for wide-angle work a drop-bed, wide-angle rack and hinged top flap were provided.

N&G had recently (1906) entered the field of light-weight hand cameras with the Sibyl. In contrast to the Sibyl which proved very popular and developed into a family of cameras, the Trellis was only made in the one design of which probably less than 200 were made. Around 1930 the camera was re-introduced, this may have amounted to selling off old stock rather than the manufacture of new cameras. A focal-plane version was introduced in c. 1913. Only the quarter-plate size was advertised but larger models are known to exist.

When introduced the price was about 3 more than the top of the range Una from Sinclair, this was soon reduced to a comparable figure. The price in 1912 without lens or shutter was 12.10.0, with an f6.3 Double Protar the price was 22.0.0.

The first descriptions are of a slightly different camera having, as standard, a focal-plane shutter, an unusual reflecting finder fitted to the body and different front standard. This may have been a special order or prototype from which the Trellis developed.

References & Notes:
N&G Cameras. N&S shutter. BP 13820/1912 (shutter). BJA 1911, pp. 85, 640. BJA 1912, pp. 93, 707. BJA 1913, p. 101. BJA 1914, pp. 102, 745. BJA 1915, p. 76. BJA 1920, p. 33. BJA 1930, pp. 19, 339. BJA 1938, p. 12. N&G Cat. c. 1911, p. 61.

Further Information:
Holmes, Age of cameras, p.31. A Christie's sale had Trellis number T139 fitted with a N&S shutter.

Illustrations:
Christie's Cat. 22/1/1975. 5" x 4" model. Christie's Cat. 23/6/1976. Half-plate model.


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