Transitional Wet-plate - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Transitional Wet-plate Camera

c. 1882

J.H. Dallmeyer

London

England

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Lens:
f8, 6" Dallmeyer Rapid Rectilinear, Waterhouse stops. Serial no. 31203 (1882).

Shutter:
Flap shutter with lock for open and closed position.

Construction:
Spanish mahogany, dovetail joints, heavily brass bound, with brass fittings. Black square cornered leather bellows. Meagher type side support.

Format:
4" x 5" plates held in slides.

Focusing:
Bellows to 23" with 6" lens. Single extension, rack and pinion (straight cut) to rear standard.

Attributes:
The shutter fits the 5 " and 7" lenses directly and the 3", 4" and 6" via the lens hood. The 5 " and 7" lenses fit directly into the lens board, the others via the adapter ring.

Movements:
Rising front, cross front, tilting back.

With:

  • f13, 7" Dallmeyer Patent 1. Wide-angle Landscape. Wheel stops marked 13, X, 2, 3, X. With lens cap. Focus to 23". Serial no. 30418 (1882).
  • f15, 5 " Dallmeyer Patent 1a. Wide-angle Landscape. Wheel stops marked 15, 2, X, 3, X. With lens cap. Focus to 23". Serial no. 28045 (1882).
  • f15, 4" Dallmeyer No. 1aa. Wide-angle Rectilinear. Wheel stops marked 15, X, 2, 3, 4. With lens cap. Serial no. 30948 (1882).
  • f10, 3" Dallmeyer Rectilinear. Wheel stops marked 10, X, 2, 3, 4. With lens cap. Serial no. 28869 (c. 1882).
  • f16, 9" Ross No. 7 Symmetrical. Waterhouse stops marked 3, 4, 5, 6. With lens cap. Focus to 9 feet. Serial no. 20340 (c. 1879).
  • Waterhouse stops for 6" lens, in Dallmeyer case marked: X, 2, 3, 4, 5. The largest carries the lens serial number. Lens cap for 6".
  • 1 Wet-plate slide with wire corners and trough. Three double dark-slides.
  • Flap shutter. Lens hood for 3", 4", 6" lenses. Lens adapter ring for 3", 4", 6", 9" lenses.
  • View meter (non-optical frame finder). Marked for each lens. In Dallmeyer case.
  • Fitted box for all lenses plus view meter. Fitted canvas outfit case.

This is a very well-made camera typical of those sold by Dallmeyer at this period. The camera is equipped with a wet-plate slide and three dry-plate slides. An exceptional number of lenses is included in the outfit all of which are contemporary with the camera. The view-finder which is for use in the hand is engraved for each lens.

The Wide-angle Landscape was introduced in 1865, the Wide-angle Rectilinear was introduced in 1866.

The Dallmeyer archive show lenses: 31203, 30418, 28045, 30948 were sold in early 1882 to the same buyer.

References & Notes:
Copeland Cat. 1885, p. 15. Abney, Instruction, pp. 88, 90.

Further Information:
Information on the Wet Collodion Process.


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