Tailboard for Mono or Stereo - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Tailboard Camera for Mono or Stereo

1896

H.J. Redding & Gyles

London

England

Image of Tailboard Camera for Mono or Stereo

Lens:
f8, c. 11" Instantaneous Rectilinear, iris diaphragm to f64.

Shutter:
None.

Construction:
Mahogany, dovetail joints, brass binding. Mauve square cornered leather bellows.

Format:
6 " x 8 " or two x 6 " x 4 " exposures on 6 " x 8 " plates held in double dark-slides.

Focusing:
Bellows. Single extension, rack and pinion (straight cut) movement to rear standard.

Attributes:
Reversing back with two positions for dark-slide.

Movements:
Rising front, cross front. Tilting back.

Notes:
Address on plaque: 13 Air Street.

With:
3 double dark-slides (1 - 6), T-P 'exposed' indicators. Lens cap.

This is a very well-made tailboard camera of light construction made possible by having only a single extension. A similar camera is shown in early advertisements from Robinson. The Air Street address dates this to the first year of the Redding & Gyles partnership.

The wide cross front movement was for stereo use. There is no provision for a septum, the reversing back has a recess for a blanking-plate to be inserted which masks the left half of the plate (from the photographer's view point). In use the blanking-plate was put in place, the lens moved to the right and the shutter of the dark-slide fully removed. The right-hand exposure was made. For the next exposure the blanking-plate was removed, the lens pushed to the left and the draw slide pulled out half way, a notch in the slide indicates this. The negative would need to be transposed when printing.

The camera could also be used to take two half-plate (non stereo) exposures on a whole-plate. The lens is moved to the right and the blanking-plate inserted. The dark-slide can then be held in the reversing back in two positions by a spring catch engaging notches in the slide.

References & Notes:
BP 20253/1892 ('exposed' indicators).


Company Details:

Redding, H.J.

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