Eureka - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Eureka

1888

W.W. Rouch & Co.

London

England

Image of Eureka

Lens:
f7, 5", Instantaneous Doublet, by Rouch, Waterhouse stops. Marked 5 x 4. Serial no. 7012 .

Shutter:
Roller-blind, T & I settings, not self-capping.

Construction:
Unusual finish of dark stained mahogany and rosewood with machined brass fittings. Dovetail joints.

Format:
12, 3 ¼" x 4 ¼" plates held in integral bag type changing box.

Focusing:
Sliding box movement focus to 4 feet scaled to 5 feet.

Attributes:
Two reflecting view-finders.

Notes:
Address on lens: W. W. Rouch & Co. 180 Strand. London. (1863 - c. 1894).

With:
12 plate holders. Waterhouse stops in pouch marked 1, 2, 3, 4. Lens cap.

Eureka

Model of 1889

W.W. Rouch & Co.

London

England

Image of Eureka

Shutter:
Roller-blind, T & I settings, not self-capping.

Construction:
Polished mahogany with brass binding. Dovetail joints.

Format:
12, 3 ¼" x 3 ¼" plates held in removable bag type, changing box.

Focusing:
Sliding box movement.

Attributes:
Single reflecting view-finder.

With:
12 plate holders.

Eureka

Model of 1890

W.W. Rouch & Co.

London

England

Image of Eureka

Lens:
f8, c. 7 ¾", '4 x 5', Instantaneous Doublet, by Rouch, Waterhouse stops. Serial no. 7407 .

Shutter:
Roller-blind, T & I settings, not self-capping.

Construction:
Polished mahogany with brass binding. Dovetail joints.

Format:
12, 4" x 5" plates held in integral bag type, changing box.

Focusing:
Sliding box movement scaled to 10 feet.

Attributes:
Two reflecting view-finders.

Notes:
Address on lens: W. W. Rouch & Co. 180 Strand. London. (1863 - c. 1894).
This model has brass binding which was an optional extra. The lens is recessed into the body of the camera which makes the Waterhouse stops difficult to use.

With:
12 plate holders. One Waterhouse stop, f11. Leather case.

The Eureka was one of the most popular detective cameras and remained on sale for several years.

A number of variations were produced but the camera remained essentially a large box camera with focusing adjustment by sliding the two halves of the camera apart. Most models are finished in polished mahogany, a few have stitched hide covering and others a black stained finish. Brass binding was an optional extra.

The Eureka was introduced in 1888 and was available in 3 ¼" x 4 ¼" or 3 ¼" x 3 ¼" sizes. Originally the backs were integral to the camera, the following year they were optionally removable.

By 1890 a 5" x 4" size had been added. Prices were: 3 ¼" x 3 ¼" £5.17.6; 3 ¼" x 4 ¼" £6.12.6; 5" x 4" £8.10.0. The cost of making the back removable was an extra 10/-. Extra backs were from £2.0.0 depending on size. Included in the price was an Instantaneous Doublet lens with Waterhouse stops, lens cap and shutter winding key.

By 1893 the 3 ¼" x 3 ¼" was no longer advertised.

By 1896 the camera had been improved by the replacement of the shutter with a T-P T&I shutter having adjustable speeds. The lens now had an iris diaphragm and an exposure counter had been added to the box. A half-plate size priced at £12.12.0 was added to the range. The reflecting finder was probably replaced by a brilliant at this time.

In 1897 a stereo model taking 6 ¾" x 3 ¼" or 6 ½" x 4 ¼" plates was advertised and priced at £12.12.0. The BJA of 1892 also mentions a stereo so possibly some had been made earlier.

In 1902 a focal-plane model was added with a top speed of 1/1000, produced in the quarter-plate, 5" x4" and half-plate sizes.

Judging by the cameras still extant most were produced prior to 1896.

References & Notes:
BP 6613/1887. BP 4145/1888. BJA 1888, p. 2. BJA 1890, p. 2. BJA 1892, pp. 3, 1162. BJA 1903, p. 3. BJA 1907, p. 3. BJA 1912, p. 2. PA 1891 p. 728. Photographic News 1896, p. 209. BJP 19/6/1896, p. 395.


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