Tropical Sanderson - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Tropical Sanderson

c. 1904

Houghtons Ltd

London

England

Image of Tropical Sanderson

Lens:
f8, 10" Busch Rapid Symmetrical, iris diaphragm to f45.

Shutter:
Thornton-Pickard, T&I roller-blind, speeds 1/15 - 1/90, T.

Construction:
Polished teak with brass binding and fittings, black leather bellows, finger joints.

Format:
13 x 18 cm plates held in double dark-slides.

Focusing:
Bellows to 40". Double extension rack and pinion movement to rear standard and inner frame carrying front standard.

Attributes:
Tallbody feature. Plumb bob. Removable lens panel. Reversing back. Turntable in base. Diagonal cut rack and pinion.

Identification:
Diagonal cornered bellows. Tallbody feature. "Patents" (slanted script). Early type bolts to front standard. Type 9 name plaque.

Movements:
Rising front, cross front, swing and tilt to back, tilt to front.

Serial Number:
15333 (c. 1908) .

Notes:
Address on plaque: H. Ltd London. (1904 - ).

With:

  • 3 double dark-slides. Lens cap. Focusing cloth. Focusing magnifier with screw adjustment. Leather box for lens.
  • Tripod with Houghton label and carrying handle stamped Ensign.
  • Ilford exposure meter. Aluminium model. With case and instructions.

Tropical Sanderson

Model of c. 1910

Houghtons Ltd

London

England

Image of Tropical Sanderson

Shutter:
Thornton-Pickard, T&I roller-blind, speeds 1/15 - 1/90, T.

Construction:
Polished teak with brass binding and fittings, black leather bellows, finger joints.

Format:
13 x 18 cm plates held in double dark-slides.

Focusing:
Bellows. Double extension rack and pinion movement to rear standard and inner frame carrying front standard.

Attributes:
Tallbody feature. Plumb bob. Removable lens panel. Reversing back. Turntable in base. Diagonal cut rack and pinion.

Identification:
Diagonal cornered bellows. Tallbody feature. "Patents". Early type bolts to front standard. Type 5 name plaque. Trade Mark plaque of N inside a hanging shield. Facility to lock front standard forks in forward position.

Movements:
Rising front, cross front, swing and tilt to back, tilt to front.

Serial Number:
20080 .

Notes:
Address on plaque: H. Ltd London. (1904 - ). Retailer's label: Robinson & Co. Singapore.

With:
Watson cable release.

The Tropical version of the Sanderson field camera was advertised in 1904. It is similar to the Regular Popular model of that period but is made in teak with brass binding and pinned joints. At around this time the Regular Popular had a rack movement to the rear standard, previously found only on the A pattern. The Tropical remained on sale into the 1930s in the 10" x 12" size.

On the second example the front standard is fitted with the improved method of holding the forks, a spring catch holds the struts either vertical or in a fully forward position, this feature was introduced in 1910. Robinson was a leading retailer in Singapore.

References & Notes:
Sanderson Notes. BP 613/1895. BP 20862/1900. BP 14916/1907. BJA 1905, p. 340. Ensign Cat. 1931, p. 39.


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