Ensign Carbine Tropical - Antique and Vintage Cameras

No. 4 Ensign Carbine

Tropical Model

1927

Houghton-Butcher (Great Britain) Ltd

London

England

Image of No. 4 Ensign Carbine

Lens:
f6.3, 4.25" Aldis Uno Anastigmat, iris diaphragm to f32.

Shutter:
Trichro, speeds 1/25 - 1/100, B, T.

Construction:
Metal body, brown Russia leather bellows.

Format:
2 " x 3 " exposures on Ensign 2 B roll-film.

Focusing:
Bellows to 7 feet. Single extension. Front standard clicks into one of 3 cut-outs on the focusing scale.

Attributes:
Brilliant view-finder.
Film advance indicated by red window. Not coupled to shutter.
Chain carrying handle.

Serial Number:
E16499 .

With:
Ensign cable release.

The tropical version of the Carbine dates back to around 1922 when Butcher advertised a tropical version of the No. 6 (for 2 " x 3 " images). This was finished in black crystalline paint with Russia leather bellows.

By 1925 the finish was the familiar oxidised brass. This model had a choice of a 3 speed shutter or a Compur both with an Aldis lens.

In 1926 the No. 12 Watch Pocket Carbine (2 " x 4 ") was added, this had teak side panels with a brass front shell and back. Ross and Zeiss lenses were available for both sizes (No. 6 and No. 12). The finish at this point was described as 'copper oxidised Florentine bronze'.

In 1927 the No. 4 was added, this was a cheaper version of the No. 6 and was fitted with a 3 speed shutter. The No. 6 continued with a Compur shutter as did the No. 12.

By 1930 the No. 6 was designated No. 7. The other two models remaining as before. The No. 7 survived until the late 1930s (renamed Tropical-Ensign-20 around 1936). The other two models ceased in the early 1930s. The No. 6 model (and No. 7) was available with a plate back to which could be fitted single metal slides, film pack adapters and a focusing screen.

Rim-set rather than dial-set Compur shutters were fitted to late examples.

References & Notes:
BJA 1923, p. 53. BJA 1926, p. 122. BJA 1927, pp. 117, 321. BJA 1928, pp. 125, 334. Ensign Cat. 1931, p. 16. Ensign Cat. 1934, p. 21. Ensign Cat. 1936, p. 28. Ensign Cat. 1937, p. 29. Butcher's British Cameras, 1924, pp. 16, 19.


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