Nimrod Automan - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Nimrod Automan

1906

Model 2

Thornton-Pickard Manufacturing Co.

Altrincham

England

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Lens:
f8, rapid rectilinear, iris diaphragm to f45.

Shutter:
Thornton-Pickard Iris shutter (late model), two-blade pivoted return. Speeds 1/25 - 1/100, T. Serial no. 1683.

Construction:
Leather cloth covered wood body, leather bellows.

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

Focusing:
Bellows. Double extension.

Attributes:
Brilliant view-finder. Self-erecting front. Reversing back. Removable lens panel.

Movements:
Rising front.

Notes:
Manufacturing no. 21.

With:
Focusing screen back. 1 double dark-slide. Part of bulb release. Tripod and tripod top, marked S-B Patent (Spratt Brothers).

The Nimrod Automan was a replacement model for the Oxford Automan. The main differences being an improved mechanism for erecting the front standard and a conventional rack and pinion focusing movement. Several models were produced:

  • No. 1 - Single extension.
  • No. 2 - Double extension.
  • No. 3 - As a No. 2 but with leather covering.
  • No. 4 - As a No. 3 but with swing back.
  • Focal Plane - With an additional focal-plane shutter.

The models 1 - 4 above were introduced in 1906. Almost immediately the No. 3 was dropped and the No. 4 renamed No. 3. The Focal Plane model was introduced around 1908. The cameras were available in quarter-plate or 5" x 4" (Focal Plane only 5" x 4"). When introduced a Thornton-Pickard Iris shutter was fitted to models 1 - 3 , the No.4 had a Panoptic. Later (c. 1907) Unicums were fitted to all but the No. 1. Later still the Sunbeam shutter was fitted. The lens was either a Thornton-Pickard rapid rectilinear or a Beck rapid rectilinear.

References & Notes:
BP 11303/1893 (Tripod). BJA 1907, pp. 247, 606. BJA 1908, p. 210. BJA 1909, p. 217. BJA 1910, p. 198.

Further Information:
Holliday, Thornton-Pickard Cameras & Equipment.

Illustrations:
Christie's Cat. 11/12/2002 lots 91, 92. Cameras with Sunbeam and Panoptic shutters.

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