Royal Mail - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Royal Mail

1906

W. Butcher & Sons

London

England

Image of Royal Mail

Lens:
15, c. 65 mm plano-convex lenses, 17 mm diameter. Pin hole stop of c. f64.

Shutter:
Single-blade return, rectilinear movement. B setting with clip for time setting.

Construction:
Polished mahogany.

Format:
15, " x ⅞" exposures on 3 " x 4 " plate.

Focusing:
Fixed.

Notes:
Manufacturing number stamped on body: 102.

With:

  • Focusing screen.
  • 18 sheets of postage stamp printing paper.
  • Instructions.

The Royal Mail was sold with either 15 lenses for 15 simultaneous exposures or with 3 lenses for 3 exposures. The 3 lens model was advertised at the 'Royal Mail Panel Camera'.

The 15 lens model is usually fitted with a sliding catch under the shutter release to set the shutter at 'T'. Early models like this example have a simple clip to hold down the release knob. Late models had a removable front panel allowing other lens combinations to be fitted. The camera could be fitted to a stand with a holder for the photograph. Two sizes were available, quarter-plate and 9 x 12 cm.

Printing-out paper with stamp-like perforations and border negatives to resemble stamps were sold by Butcher.

References & Notes:
BJA 1908, p. 162.

Further Information:
Coe, Cameras, p.78.

Illustrations:
Christie's Cat. 9/11/1989 lot 106. Shows a version with a sliding catch under the shutter release and a removable front panel.


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