Continental Tailboard - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Continental Tailboard

c. 1900

Image of Continental Tailboard

Lens:
c. 8" Hockin's Desideratum, single achromat, slot for Waterhouse stops.

Shutter:
None.

Construction:
Walnut body, finger joints, nickel plated fittings, blue cloth bellows with diagonal corners.

Format:
13 x 18 cm plates held in double dark-slides.

Focusing:
Bellows double extension. 3 focusing positions for rear standard, rack and pinion (diagonal cut) movement to inner frame.

Attributes:
Plumb bob. Rear standard and bellows rotate for landscape or portrait format.

Movements:
Rising front, cross front.

Serial Number:
970 .

With:
3 double dark-slides, 2 reducing frames for 9 x 12 cm plates and 2 reducing frames for 6.5 x 9 cm plates.

Continental Tailboard

1900s

Image of Continental Tailboard

Lens:
f7.7, c. 215 mm Extra Rapid Aplanat, iris diaphragm to f64.

Shutter:
None.

Construction:
Walnut body, brass fittings, finger joints. Cloth bellows with leather edges, diagonal corners.

Format:
13 x 18 cm plates held in double dark-slides.

Focusing:
3 focusing positions for rear standard, rack and pinion (straight cut) movement to inner frame.

Attributes:
Plumb bob. Focusing lock to rack and pinion. Rear standard and bellows rotate for landscape or portrait format.

Movements:
Rising front, cross front, tilting front.

With:
3 double dark-slides.

These are typical of tailboard cameras produced in many continental countries. The rear standard slots to the baseboard by screw heads. To alter the format the rear standard together with the bellows rotate 90 degrees. The camera is locked in the operating position by sliding a wooden panel on the underside of the baseboard across the joint of the folding baseboard.

The second example is unusual in having a tilting front.

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