Empress - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Empress

1900s

Houghtons Ltd

London

England

Image of Empress

Lens:
f8, 9" Beck Symmetrical, iris diaphragm to f45.

Shutter:
Thornton-Pickard roller-blind, speeds 1/15 - 1/90. Serial no. 7950.

Construction:
Polished Honduran mahogany, brass fittings, finger joints. Leather bellows with diagonal corners.

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

Focusing:
Bellows. Double extension. Rack and pinion movement to inner frame.

Attributes:
Removable lens panel. Reversing back. Rear pinion. Turntable.

Movements:
Rising front, tilting front, tilting back.

Serial Number:
430 ? .

With:
Houghton's Envelope adapter (serial number: 178E). Tripod.

As well as the Sanderson range of field cameras Houghton sold several simpler models: King; Queen; Empress; Duchess; Victo; Victo-Superb; Tropical Victo. The Empress is a simple camera but robust and with enough movements for most photographers.

References & Notes:
Clemitson Cat. 1909, p. 44; Ensign Handbook, p. 53.


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