Special BB Instantograph - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Special Brass Bound Instantograph

1891

J. Lancaster & Son

Birmingham

England

Image of Special Brass Bound Instantograph

Lens:
f10, 5" single achromat, iris diaphragm to f30 (Looking into the lens the figures read 30, 20, 10).

Shutter:
None.

Construction:
Polished mahogany with brass binding, finger joints. Red square cornered tapered leather bellows.

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

Focusing:
Bellows to 23", rack and pinion movement to inner frame. Double extension of 12".

Attributes:
The front standard is fixed to the inner frame, focusing moves the inner frame forward. The rear standard slides along the bed. Reversing back with Lancaster's parallel links.

Identification:
Lancaster silver shield let into top. Ivory name and maker's plaques.

Movements:
Rising front, cross front, tilting back.

With:
3 double dark-slides, brass bound. Cloth bag-type case. Lancaster tripod and top.

The Special BB is quite different to the regular Instantograph. The front standard is fixed to the front of the focusing frame which moves forward when focusing. The rear standard moves along the bed and is clamped in position by hand. The camera was sold with either an Instantaneous or a Rectigraph lens both with See-saw shutter. Produced in sizes to 15" x 12". The wood is noticeably darker than used in regular Instantographs.

References & Notes:
BJA 1892, p. 360. PA 1891, pp. lxxx, 252.


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