Stereoscopic Camera - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Stereoscopic Camera

Late 1890s

F.K. Hurman & Co.

Newcastle-on-Tyne

England

Image of Stereoscopic Camera

Lens:
Two, f8, 4 " Wray Platystigmat, iris diaphragm to f64 with click stops. Serial no. 10186 10187 .

Shutter:
Thornton-Pickard Time.

Construction:
Spanish mahogany, dovetail joints, brass fittings, black square cornered leather bellows.

Format:
Two images on 3 " x 6 " plates held in double dark-slides.

Focusing:
Bellows to 18". Single extension, rack and pinion (straight cut) movement to rear standard.

Attributes:
Lens separation variable between 2 ⅝" and 3 ⅜".

Movements:
Rising front. Tilting back.

Serial Number:
9335 .

Notes:
The plaque on the front of the camera has the address: F. K. Hurman & Co. 2 St Nichols Buildings. Newcastle-on-Tyne.

With:

  • 6 double dark-slides (1 - 12). The first 3 slides carry the serial number of the camera, the other 3 have the number 8452.
  • Septum, pleated fabric with wooden supports at each end. Holes in the supports for elastic cord.
  • Lens caps. Thornton-Pickard time shutter. Tripod.

Although signed by Hurman the camera is most probably made by Watson & Son. The lens separation is variable controlled by a double rack and single pinion. There are holes front and back in the septum where it clips to the camera, these were so an elastic cord could be stretched along the length of the septum to keep it upright. The Platystigmat lens was introduced in the late 1890s, it is distinctive for having click stops on the iris. The slides have T.P. Watson's patented improvements; these are, stops to prevent the shutter of the dark-slide from being drawn fully out and spring catches so the shutter will indicate whether an exposure has been made.

References & Notes:
BP 7359/1886. BP 9948/1887 (T.P. Watson). BJA 1892, p. 916. BJA 1898, p. 347 (Lens). YBP 1894, p. 150. YBP 1889.


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