Sanderson - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Sanderson

1895

Original model

George Houghton & Son

London

England

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Lens:
f6.5, 7.55" Cooke Series III, iris diaphragm to f45. Serial no. 421 .

Shutter:
None.

Construction:
Polished mahogany, dovetail joints, brass fittings, with black leather bellows. Square corners to bellows.

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

Focusing:
Bellows. Single extension, rack and pinion movement to rear standard.

Attributes:
Two plumb bobs. Removable lens panel.

Identification:
Folding bed. Without tallbody feature. Square cornered bellows. Lever to lock compound front. No strut to rear standard. Without bolts to lock front panel to struts.

Movements:
Rising front, cross front, tilting front.

Serial Number:
180 (c. 1895) .

Notes:
Address on plaque: G. Houghton & Son. 89 High Holborn. London.

This is the first model Sanderson of 1895 that introduced F.H. Sanderson's swing front movement. At the time it was known as "Sanderson's Universal Swing Front Camera" or, with the addition of the compound front, "Improved Universal Swing Front Camera". Two models are advertised - No. 1 and No. 2 - presumably for single and double extension.

This model was on sale for only a year before the introduction of the A pattern. There are distinct differences between the two, on the Original:

  • The rear standard attaches directly to baseboard without pivoting to close the camera.
  • The baseboard hinges to close the camera. A loose panel in the baseboard slides across the hinge to lock it in place.
  • There are no struts to the rear standard.

The very earliest models of the Original had a large lens panel without a compound front and may have had curved front struts.

References & Notes:
Sanderson Notes. BP 613/1895. BJA 1896, p. 1338. BJA 1897, p. 1312.


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