Adams Club - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Adams Club

1890

Adams & Co.

London

England

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Lens:
f8, c. 8 " Dollond Rapid Rectilinear, slot for Waterhouse stops. Removable lens panel. Serial no. 4387 .

Construction:
Spanish mahogany, dovetail joints, brass binding and fittings, leather bellows with square corners.

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

Focusing:
Bellows. Double extension, rack and pinion (diagonal cut) movement to inner frame.

Attributes:
Reversing back. Plumb bob on front and rear standard.

Movements:
Rising front, tilting front, tilting back, swing back.

With:

  • Goerz Dagor lens, iris diaphragm to f64. In Goerz Sector shutter. Serial no. 271696 (c. 1910).
  • Goerz Sector, shutter speeds 1 - 1/150, T, I. On panel. Serial no. 6488.
  • 3 double dark-slides (1 - 6) with three 3 " x 4 " reducers. Wooden lens box and fitted case. Unused lens panel.

The Club was probably made for Adams by Louis Gandolfi based on their Imperial model, it has the distinctive front standard spring catches and swing back movement. It was introduced in 1890 and advertised in sizes from half-plate to 24" x 20". Brass binding was an optional extra. Normally the camera is fitted with a turntable, this example has a heavy brass plate carrying a tripod bush in place of the turntable. The square bellows and Spanish mahogany body give the camera an early appearance but the lacquer on the brass fittings points to a latter date; the camera was probably made around the same time as the Goerz lens (1910). The Club was advertised by Adams into the 1930s.

References & Notes:
BP 17844/1894 (Shutter). BJA 1892, p. 282. BJA 1901, p. 355. BJA 1903, p. 352. PA 1891, pp. xxiii, 270.


Company Details:

Adams & Co.

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