Copying Camera - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Copying Camera


Thomas Ottewill & Co.



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Flap shutter on smaller 'original' holder or draw slide would have been used.

Spanish mahogany, cloth bellows.

40" bed. Worm screw movement for 'original' and 'copy' plinths, sliding movement for lens standard. The 'original' and 'copy' standards attach to the plinths.


  • Lens standard.
  • 'Original'
  • 10" x 8" standard with bellows.
  • 10" x 8" focusing screen.
  • 10" x 8" slide holder.
  • 7 " x 4 " Stereo standard with bellows.
  • Stereo slide holder with sliding back and simple shutter.
  • 6 " x 3 " reducing frame for stereo holder.
  • 'Copy'
  • 10" x 8" standard with bellows.
  • 10" x 8" focusing screen.
  • 10" x 8" slide holder with 6 " x 8 " reducing frame.
  • Small standard.
  • Sliding back for small standard for 3 " x 3 " plates, with focusing screen.

This is a copying camera consisting of a bed with a central lens standard and interchangeable standards of various formats for the original (what is to be copied) and copy.

This example has 10" x 8" standards for the original negative and the copy negative. With reducing frames this would allow copies to be made from various size originals, enlargements of the centre portion and reduction onto smaller negatives.

A second 'original' standard is present to which a sliding back for stereo negatives can be attached. The back can slide vertically in the standard to position a particular part of the original. A holder for stereo negatives is contained in the back and able to slide horizontally, adjustment screws are present to fix the movement.

A second 'copy' standard has a removable sliding back. This carries a focusing screen. A negative holder for stereo images would have been fitted but is now missing. This allowed stereo negatives to be copied/transposed or portions of the original to be enlarged. Lantern slides could also be produced.

In the F.J. Cox catalogue of 1873 a similar camera is described as "for reducing or enlarging negatives or for producing transparencies on ground glass or opal glass". The description is of a camera with bellows though the accompanying woodcut shows an earlier sliding box arrangement.

References & Notes:
Cox, Cat. 1873, p. 13.

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