No. 12 Watch Pocket Carbine - Antique and Vintage Cameras

No. 12 Watch Pocket Carbine

1926

Tropical Model

Houghton-Butcher (Great Britain) Ltd

London

England

Image of No. 12 Watch Pocket Carbine

Lens:
f4.5, 12 cm Zeiss Tessar, iris diaphragm to f32. Serial no. 393593 (1920).

Shutter:
Dial-set Compur, speeds 1 - 1/250, B, T. Serial no. 386095.

Construction:
Teak and metal body with Florentine bronze finish, brown Russia leather bellows.

Format:
2 " x 4 " exposures on E16 or C16 roll-film.

Focusing:
Bellows, scale to 5 feet with pre-set positions. Single extension.

Attributes:
Brilliant view-finder, frame finder.
Film advance indicated by red window. Not coupled to shutter.

Serial Number:
D5561 .

With:
Cable release. Case.

No. 12 Watch Pocket Carbine

1926

Tropical Model

Houghton-Butcher (Great Britain) Ltd

London

England

Lens:
f4.5, 12 cm Zeiss Tessar, iris diaphragm to f45. Serial no. 954743 (1929).

Shutter:
Dial-set Compur, speeds 1 - 1/250, B, T. Serial no. 589712.

Construction:
Teak and metal body with Florentine bronze finish, brown Russia leather bellows.

Format:
2 " x 4 " exposures on E16 roll-film.

Focusing:
Bellows, scale to 5 feet with pre-set positions. Single extension.

Attributes:
Brilliant view-finder, frame finder.
Film advance indicated by red window. Not coupled to shutter.

Identification:
Version with hinged spool retainers.

Serial Number:
E17618 .

With:
Cable release. Instructions. Case.

The No. 12 was the largest of the Tropical Carbines, it was a very well-made camera with teak sides and metal covering to the front and removable metal back. An air valve is present to prevent suction in the bellows when the front is pulled out. The first example above does not have the hinged spool retainers present on the second example (left of photograph) which were the subject of the 1926 patent.

Tropical Carbine models

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:
BP 23500/1926 (Application number.). BP 281802/1926. 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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