Transitional Wet-plate - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Transitional Wet-plate Camera

c. 1882

J.H. Dallmeyer



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

Flap shutter with lock for open and closed position.

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

4" x 5" plates held in slides.

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

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.

Rising front, cross front, tilting back.


  • 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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