Sibyl Imperial - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Sibyl Imperial

Coronation Model

1911

Newman & Guardia Ltd

London

England

Image of Sibyl Imperial

Lens:
f6.3, 136 mm Ross-Zeiss Tessar, iris diaphragm to f45. Serial no. 16456 .

Shutter:
Two-blade pivoted return, spring powered, pneumatic regulation. Speeds 1/2 - 1/100, T. The T setting is achieved by a short depress when set to 1/2. Self-capping.

Construction:
Blue leather covered metal body with leather bellows.

Format:
3 " x 4 " plates held in single metal slides.

Focusing:
Bellows to 1.5 yards, scale to 2 yards. Two focusing positions: plates (marked DS), changing boxes and film packs (marked B&FP), this is the rear focusing position.

Attributes:
Reflecting view-finder with two spirit levels, calibrated for rising front. Depth-of-field scale.

Movements:
Rise and cross front.

Serial Number:
677 .

With:

  • Hooded focusing screen. 6 single metal slides.
  • Film pack adapter. Serial no. 463.
  • N&G Folding Lens Hood.

Sibyl Imperial

1909

Model No. 8

Newman & Guardia Ltd

London

England

Image of Sibyl Imperial

Lens:
f6.3, 135 mm Ross-Zeiss Tessar, iris diaphragm to f45. Serial no. 159469 (c.1912).

Shutter:
Two-blade pivoted return, spring powered, pneumatic regulation. Speeds 1/2 - 1/100, T. The T setting is achieved by a short depress when set to 1/2. Self-capping.

Construction:
Leather covered metal body with leather bellows.

Format:
3 " x 4 " plates held in single metal slides.

Focusing:
To 1.5 yards, scale to 2 yards. Two focusing positions: plates (marked DS), changing boxes and film packs (marked B&FP), this is the rear focusing position.

Attributes:
Reflecting view-finder with two spirit levels, calibrated for rising front. Depth-of-field scale.

Movements:
Rise and cross front.

Serial Number:
733 .

With:
Hooded focusing screen. 6 single metal slides in N&G case.

Sibyl Imperial

1909

Model No. 8

Newman & Guardia Ltd

London

England

Image of Sibyl Imperial

Lens:
f6.3, 135 mm Zeiss Tessar, iris diaphragm to f45. Serial no. 139182 (1911).

Shutter:
Two-blade pivoted return, spring powered, pneumatic regulation. Speeds 1/2 - 1/100, T. The T setting is achieved by a short depress when set to 1/2. Self-capping.

Construction:
Leather covered metal body with leather bellows.

Format:
3 " x 4 " plates held in single metal slides.

Focusing:
To 1.5 yards, scale to 2 yards. Two focusing positions: plates (marked DS), changing boxes and film packs (marked B&FP), this is the rear focusing position.

Attributes:
Reflecting view-finder with two spirit levels, calibrated for rising front. Depth-of-field scale.

Movements:
Rise and cross front.

Serial Number:
773 .

Notes:
Retailer's label: Sands, Hunter & Co. 37 Bedford St. Strand, London WC. Former owners name engraved on bed.

With:

  • Hooded focusing screen. 6 single metal slides in N&G case.
  • N&G Folding Lens Hood.
  • Case for camera and slides.

The Imperial Sibyl, similar to the De-Luxe model, has a re-designed slimmer shutter allowing a cross front movement as well as rising front. The Imperial was on the market until 1913 when it was replaced by the New Ideal Sibyl. Only available in a quarter-plate size, a roll-film model was added in 1912.

The first example is engraved 'Imperial Coronation Sibyl 1911', this would be the coronation of King George V. The leather on the body and focusing hood are dyed blue and the finder is in silver instead of the usual black. The price of the ordinary model was 16.16.0.

References & Notes:
N&G Cameras. N&G Serial Numbers. Sibyl shutter. BJA 1910, p. 80. BJA 1911, pp. 84, 688. BJA 1912, p. 95. BJA 1913, p. 93. N&G Cat. c.1911, p. 36.


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