Exhibition Camera - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Exhibition Camera

c. 1883

Sands & Hunter

London

England

Image of Exhibition Camera

Lens:
Rapid Rectilinear.

Shutter:
Sands' Patent shutter, this is a combined shutter and diaphragm. It is either an instantaneous shutter with 8 variable speeds (marked 0 - 7), or a variable diaphragm marked 0 - 64 with the shutter set at B and the lens cap used to time the exposure. Spring powered, spring tension regulated, double guillotine type. Serial no. 1269.

Construction:
Spanish mahogany, dovetail joints, brass fittings. Leather bellows with square corners.

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

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

Attributes:
'Meagher' side support.

Movements:
Rise and cross front. Swing and tilt to back.

Serial Number:
351 .

Notes:
Address on plaque: Sands & Hunter. 20 Cranbourn St. London. W.C. Also on tripod.

With:
3 double dark-slides (1 - 6), two stamped '351' on edge, one stamped '352'.Tripod by S&H with top and screw.

The finish and workmanship of this camera is very similar to that of cameras made by George Hare or Watson & Son at this time. The wood is dark Spanish mahogany with dovetail joints. Sold as the S&H Exhibition Camera it is fitted with Sands' Patent Shutter. The lens is original consisting of two tubes fitting either side of the shutter and having no diaphragm. Some Exhibition cameras are fitted with circular plates to control back tilt as described in patent 4808/1887.

References & Notes:
BP 2783/1881 (shutter). BJA 1884, p. xxix. BJA 1890, p. 312 (shutter).


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