Kings Own - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Kings Own

Early Model of c. 1906

London Stereoscopic Co. Ltd

London

England

Image of Kings Own

Lens:
f6.3, 110 mm E. Krauss Zeiss Anastignat, iris diaphragm to f45. Serial no. 4123 .

Shutter:
Koilos, speeds 1 - 1/300, Z.

Construction:
Polished teak, with brass binding and fittings, leather bellows.

Format:
2 " x 3 " exposures on paper-backed roll-film.

Focusing:
Bellows, scale to 5 feet. Double extension.

Attributes:
Two brilliant view-finders.
Film advance indicated by red window, not coupled to shutter. Removable panel in back to take dark-slides. Removable lens panel.

Movements:
Rising front, cross front.

Serial Number:
192 .

Notes:
Address on camera: The London Stereoscopic Co. 106 & 108 Regent St. London W.

The original red window is near the bottom of the camera as the film is advanced to the right, a second window has been made above this corresponding to 120 or 620 roll-film.

With:
Removable pressure plate.

Kings Own

Model of c. 1907

London Stereoscopic Co. Ltd

London

England

Image of Kings Own

Lens:
f6.8, 120 mm Goerz Doppel Anastigmat Series III/0, iris diaphragm to f45. Serial no. 142168 .

Shutter:
Volute, speeds 3 - 1/150, T, B. Combined shutter and diaphragm. Serial no. 847326.

Construction:
Polished teak, with brass fittings, leather bellows.

Format:
3 " x 4 " exposures on paper-backed roll-film.

Focusing:
Bellows, to 20". Focusing scale to 3 feet. Double extension.

Attributes:
Two brilliant view-finders.
Film advance indicated by red window, not coupled to shutter. Removable panel in back to take dark-slides. Removable lens panel.

Movements:
Rising front, cross front.

Serial Number:
205 .

Notes:
Address on camera: The London Stereoscopic Co. 106 & 108 Regent St. London W. Address on case: The London Stereoscopic Co. 106 & 108 Regent St. London W. 54 Cheapside. London (until 1907).

With:
Removable pressure plate. Case.

Kings Own

Model of c. 1911

London Stereoscopic Co. Ltd

London

England

Image of Kings Own

Lens:
f6.8, 168 mm Goerz Dagor Series III, iris diaphragm to f45. Serial no. 248344 .

Shutter:
Compound, speeds 1 - 1/200, B, T. 1909 model with 11 o'clock release, flat dial and horizontal MBT setting.

Construction:
Polished teak, with brass binding, leather bellows.

Format:
3 " x 5 ⅜" exposures on 3 " wide paper-backed roll-film.

Focusing:
Bellows to 2 feet. Focusing scale to 6 feet. Double extension.

Attributes:
Brilliant view-finder, non-original direct-vision view-finder (lens/post).
Film advance indicated by red window, not coupled to shutter. Removable panel in back to take dark-slides. Removable lens panel.

Movements:
Rising front.

Notes:
Address: The London Stereoscopic Co. 106 & 108 Regent St. London W.

Many cameras by L.S.C. were re-badged models from other manufacturers. The Kings Own is their own design and first appeared around 1906. It was a teak tropical model similar to the leather covered Service. The earliest models are fitted with a friction-brake Koilos shutter. Later a Volute was fitted and later still (c. 1911) a Compound. The position of the finder differs between examples, normally it is a hinged type attached to the baseboard, others have two brilliant finders let into the body.

Several sizes were produced:
2 " x 3 ", 3 " x 4 ", postcard, 4 " x 6 " and 4" x 5". Later the smallest size was dropped from the range. Production probably ceased around 1914.

References & Notes:
BJA 1907, pp. 940, 1241. BJA 1908, p. 1000. BJA 1912, p. 945. BJA 1915, p. 753.


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