Shew Featherweight - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Shew Featherweight

1894

J.F. Shew & Co.

London

England

Image of Shew Featherweight

Lens:
f8, c. 9" rapid rectilinear, iris diaphragm to f64. Not original.

Construction:
Polished Spanish mahogany, aluminium bindings and fittings. Mauve leather bellows.

Format:
5" x 7 " plates held in double dark-slides.

Focusing:
Bellows to 31". Double extension. Two positions to fix the front standard. An inner aluminium frame carries the front standard and focusing rack.

Attributes:
Two tripod sockets. Wooden baseboard detaches and fixes to side of camera for portrait exposures.

Movements:
Rising front cross front, tilting back, swing back.

With:
Focusing screen.

The Featherweight was made in sizes from 5" x 4" to 6 " x 8 ". Except for the 5" x 4" they were available in square form with reversing back or 'landscape'. A Thornton-Pickard focal-plane shutter was available in place of the normal Shew Sector. The camera was advertised as being light and of small dimension suitable for hand or stand, wide-angle and long-focus use.

The detachable wooden baseboard was sold as an accessory intended for long-focus work and is not always present.

The patent was taken out in the names of E. Batault and F. Shew.

References & Notes:
BP 24647/1893. BJA 1899, p. 287. YBP 1895, p. 104.

Illustrations:
Christie's Cat. 25/11/99 lot 517. A model with a 7" Ross-Goerz lens in a Shew shutter.


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