Sanderson Tourist - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Sanderson Tourist


George Houghton & Son



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f6, 6" Dallmeyer Stigmat Series II No.2. Iris diaphragm to f45. Serial no. 64628 .

Removable Goerz focal-plane, speeds 1/25 - 1/1000. Adjustment by varying slit width and tension.

Leather covered mahogany body. Red leather bellows with diagonal corners.

3 " x 4 " plates held in double dark-slides.

Bellows, scale to 5 feet. Double extension.

Brilliant view-finder by Adams. Spirit level. Reversing back. Wide-angle flap. Infinity stop.

Focusing pinion in middle of bed. Type 1 front standard lock. Early front standard bolts. "Patents" (slanted script) on struts. Type 2 back catch. Finger Recess to remove reversing back.

Rising front, tilting front.

Serial Number:
3566 (1902) .

Three double dark-slides.

The Tourist was not listed for many years and is uncommon. By shortening the bellows extension (by 2 " on the quarter-plate) the depth of the body could be reduced by ⅝" on the quarter-plate model. A thinner focusing back was fitted without side pieces to the hood. The focusing pinion, at least on early models, was in the middle of the baseboard. The Tourist was advertised as being suitable for ladies and travellers.

This example is fitted with a removable focal-plane shutter that is contemporary with the camera and supplied by Houghton, finger recesses match the camera. When originally supplied a Unicum shutter must have been present as the fixing holes for the catch to secure the shutter in the open position while focusing are present. The camera is now fitted with a Dallmeyer lens without shutter, the focusing scale has been moved back to correspond with the focal-plane shutter. The lens dates to 1902 so may have been supplied with the camera, i.e. the camera could have been modified when the customer purchased the camera with a focal-plane shutter.

For a list of Sanderson models, versions and an explanation of features see Sanderson Notes.

References & Notes:
Sanderson Notes. BP 613/1895. BP 20860/1900. BP 114/1901.

Further Information:
Two other examples in Falchenberg, British Hand & Stand Cameras have similar serial numbers, the later example has the focusing wheel in the conventional position.

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