Challenge Tropical De Luxe - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Challenge Tropical De Luxe

1905

J. Lizars

Glasgow

Scotland

Image of Challenge Tropical De Luxe

Lens:
f6.8, 125 mm Goerz Doppel Anastigmat, iris diaphragm to f45. Serial no. 353997 .

Shutter:
Compound, speeds 1 - 1/250, B, T. Serial no. 202656.

Construction:
Polished teak body, brass binding and fittings, red Russia leather bellows. Finger joints on body.

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

Focusing:
Bellows, scale to 5 feet. Double extension.

Attributes:
Brilliant view-finder. Reversing back. Spirit level. Drop-bed.

Movements:
Rise and cross front, tilting front.

Notes:
Name plaque shows branches in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast, Aberdeen and Liverpool. Before 1910.

With:
Focusing screen. 3 double dark-slides (1 - 6). Case.

The Challenge De Luxe appeared in 1904 followed a year later by the tropical version. The tropical is a distinct model being made of teak rather than mahogany, it is brass bound and usually fitted with Russia leather bellows.

The Challenge De Luxe was intended to compete with the popular Sanderson 'Hand and Stand' cameras. It possessed a wide range of movements including a front panel held by four arms that provided rise and tilt. All four arms could also be extended forward giving extra extension to the bellows. The arm arrangement was the subject of a patent. A revolving back was fitted around 1909. The tropical was available in a cheaper version fitted with lacquered bellows. The non-tropical (mahogany) model could also be fitted with brass binding. The binding on this example is extensive, some of the loose tongues are of brass rather than the usual wood.

References & Notes:
BP 4831/1904. BJA 1905, pp. 904A, 1218. BJA 1906, p. 1218. BJA 1910, p. 1261.


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