Shew's Aluminium Combination - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Shew's Aluminium Combination

c. 1898

J.F. Shew & Co.

London

England

Image of Shew's Aluminium Combination

Lens:
f7.2, 195 mm Ross-Zeiss Anastigmat Series 111, slot for Waterhouse stops. Serial no. 597 .

Shutter:
Thornton-Pickard T&I.

Construction:
Polished Spanish mahogany, dovetail joints, with aluminium fittings. Black leather bellows with diagonal corners.

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

Focusing:
Bellows. Double extension, rack and pinion movement (diagonal cut) to inner frame.

Attributes:
Reversing back. Removable lens panel.

Movements:
Rising front, tilting back, limited side swing to back.

With:
Lens cap. Thornton-Pickard shutter.

A very well-made camera with extreme rise and bellows extension. The swivel joint connecting the rear standard to the base and the lever clamps holding the front standard (subject of patent by J. E. Brown) are distinctive. The Combination was available with or without a turntable. The lever clamp is present on other Shew cameras such as the 'Shew Simple' and Shew's 1891. The swivel joint on the rear standard appears on other cameras such as the N&G Ural and Sinclair field cameras. The Combination was introduced in 1885 and shown at the RPS exhibition of that year, the aluminium model was made later.

The lens was first produced in 1890 a year or two later it was manufactured by Ross.

References & Notes:
BP 2496/1885. BP 6028/1890 (lens). BJA 1886, p. lxxxvii. BJA 1888, p. 161. BJA 1899, p. 290. PA 1891, p. cxlvii. YBP 1887, p. iv. Phot. Journal 1885, p. xviii. BJA 1892, p. 1116 (lens). Sci. Mus. Cat. for Shew camera with BP 2496. YBP 1892, p. cx. PA 1891, pp. 246, clxi. Kingslake, p. 82 (lens).


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