Adams Hand Camera - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Adams Hand Camera

1896 pattern

Adams & Co.

London

England

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Lens:
f7.7, 5" Ross Double Anastigmat, wheel stops to f45. Goerz patent. Serial no. 2288 .

Shutter:
Newman pneumatic, speeds 1/2 - 1/100.

Construction:
Leather covered mahogany body.

Format:
3 ¼" x 4 ¼" plates.

Focusing:
Bellows to 2 yards.

Attributes:
Removable changing box, bag type with lifting arm, exposure counter. Exposure record plate inside back. Two spirit levels.

Movements:
Rise and cross front. Tilting back.

Serial Number:
231 .

With:
Focusing screen. Case.

Introduced around 1890 in quarter-plate and 5" x 4" sizes. The earliest models in quarter-plate were fitted with a 5 ½" T.T.H. lens, after a short time a 5 ½" Ross Rapid Symmetrical was substituted. Other lenses were fitted and further improvements made in the following years. The rise and cross movements were not present on the early models, they are positioned close to the back of the camera rather than being a 'cross front' movement. Stereo and half-plate models were added in 1894, production ceased around 1898.

On this example the door to the changing box compartment is stamped '1896 pattern' .

The changing box is a conventional bag-type, the exposed plate is lifted by an arm at the side of the box and then placed at the back of the stack of plates which are held in sheaths. The lifting arm operates an exposure counter which locks after twelve exposures and is freed by a lever at the top of the box. The draw slide is pulled out from the bottom of the box through a slot in the base of the camera. Two large screws press the box to the focal plane.

References & Notes:
BP 19480/1890 (Newman & Adams). BP 20299/1890. BJA 1892, p. 270. BJA 1895, p. 254. PA 1891, pp. 287, xxiv.


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