The British - Antique and Vintage Cameras

The British

c. 1887

J.T. Chapman

Manchester

England

Image of The British

Lens:
f6.8, 150 mm Goerz Doppel Anastigmat, iris diaphragm to f64. Marked in f numbers and Goerz scale 4.8 - 384. Serial no. 86475 .

Shutter:
Removable Thornton-Pickard T&I roller-blind, speeds 1/15 - 1/90. Front of lens fitting. Serial no. L06632.

Construction:
Spanish mahogany with ebony binding, dovetail joints, brass fittings. Dark mauve leather bellows with square corners.

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

Focusing:
Bellows to 2 feet. Double extension, rack and pinion (straight cut) to inner frame.

Attributes:
Reversing back.

Movements:
Rising front, tilting front, tilting back.

Serial Number:
5821 , possible serial number, pencil inscription on inside of lens panel and reversing frame.

With:

  • 3 double dark-slides.
  • Yellow filter, fitting behind the lens. Focusing dark cloth, black/pink. Lens cap. Leather bag for lens. Case.
  • Focusing magnifier by Darlot.
  • Watkins Junior exposure meter. Introduced 1893.

A very well-made camera similar in style and workmanship to other cameras sold in the Manchester area at the time. The Ebony binding, pronounced rounding of edges and 'worm' marks on the brass are typical features. Made by Joshua Billcliff. This example dates from the mid 1890s.

The large socket on the side of the camera is for attaching an optical finder.

References & Notes:
BJA 1888, p. 47. BJA 1903, p. 560.


Company Details:

Chapman, J.T.

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