Triple Victo - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Triple Victo

Model of 1911

Houghtons Ltd

London

England

Image of Triple Victo

Lens:
f8, 9" rapid rectilinear, iris diaphragm to f64.

Shutter:
Ensign roller-blind, speeds 1/15 - 1/150. T. Self-capping, two blinds connected by a variable length of tape.

Construction:
Polished Honduran mahogany, brass fittings, finger joints. Leather bellows with diagonal corners.

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

Focusing:
Bellows to 36". Triple extension. Rack and pinion movement to inner and outer frames.

Attributes:
Removable lens panel. Reversing back. Turntable. Stops to limit movement of cross front. Levers to lock rear standard to focusing frame. Plumb bob.

Movements:
Double rising front, cross front, tilting front, tilting back, swing back.

Notes:
Retailer's label on camera and shutter of A. Youdall, Leeds. Youdall has gone to some trouble to replace the Houghton labels with his own so the camera was probably sold under his own name. Possibly the same Youdall who was active in the watch trade around this time.

The Victo appeared around 1898 as a simple low-cost field camera, several improvements were made and features added over the years. In 1904 triple extension was included and shortly after the front standard was made to automatically lock into place as the camera was opened, a similar feature was present on the rear standard. Around 1911 the roller-blind shutter was changed from a Thornton-Pickard to a self-capping model made by Houghton. It was rather late to introduce such a complex device on a low-cost field camera.

References & Notes:
BP 12105/1909. BP 27461/1910. BJA 1904, p. 358. BJA 1905, p. 343. BJA 1907, p. 332. BJA 1910, p. 296. BJA 1912, p. 747, shutter. Clemitson Cat. 1909, p. 46. Ensign Handbook, p. 54.


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