Miller's Patent - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Adelphi, Miller's Patent

c. 1890

T. Miller

Salford

England

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Lens:
f6, 5.3" Dallmeyer Stigmat Series II No. 2. Iris diaphragm to f64, external pointer. Serial no. 60836 (c. 1900).

Shutter:
T-P Snap Shot, roller-blind, speeds 1/15 - 1/90. Separate blade in the camera to block out light when setting the shutter. Serial no. C94372.

Construction:
Black painted wood body, dovetail joints.

Format:
18, 3 ¼" x 4 ¼" plates held in falling plate mechanism.

Focusing:
Scale to 6 feet.

Attributes:
Two reflecting view-finders.

Notes:
Plaque on camera: Adelphi (Miller's patent) Manchester.

With:
12 plate holders.

The British, Miller's patent

J.T. Chapman

Manchester

England

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Lens:
f8, 5" Wray Rapid Rectilinear, wheel stops to f32. Serial no. 9983 .

Shutter:
T-P Snap Shot, roller-blind, speeds 1/15 - 1/90. Separate blade in the camera to block out light when setting the shutter. Serial no. Y10635.

Construction:
Black painted wood body.

Format:
18, 3 ¼" x 4 ¼" plates held in falling plate mechanism.

Focusing:
Scale to 9 feet.

Attributes:
Two reflecting view-finders, two spirit levels.

Notes:
Plaque on camera: The 'British' (Miller's patent) J. T. Chapman. Photographic Chemist. Manchester. The serial number of the lens is stamped on the camera body.

With:
16 plate holders, 1 glass plate.

This is an early falling plate magazine camera. It is well-made with a good lens and would have given good results. Focusing is by a key on the bottom of the camera. A string extends through the camera body operating a metal plate to block out the light when setting the shutter.

The general design of the camera was patented by T. Miller who sold it as the Adelphi Hand Camera. It was on sale, by Miller, until the early 1900s. Several lenses were sold with the Adelphi. Made in quarter-plate, 5" x 4" and stereo sizes.

Miller's patent mentions the fitting of a large eye-level view-finder, there is a fitting for such a finder on the Adelphi.

A camera by W.H. Tomkinson of Liverpool exists stamped with this patent.

References & Notes:
BP 12669/1890. BP 2279/1891. BJA 1892, p. 1130. BJA 1893. BJA 1900, p. 320. BJA 1902, pp. 549, 1247. Christie's Cat. 6/5/1993 lot 213.


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