Cole's Patent - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Cole's Patent

1894

Marion & Co.

London

England

Image of Cole's Patent

Construction:
Spanish mahogany, dovetail joints, brass fittings. Leather square cornered bellows.

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

Focusing:
Bellows. Double extension. Rear standard moved by rack and pinion (straight cut).

Movements:
Rising front, cross front.

Serial Number:
53 , The base of the camera and the dark slide have the additional number of 345.

With:
Double dark-slide.

The patent for this camera was started in 1894, it was sold by Marion as the 'Square Bellows Field Camera' though advertisements seem to date from around 1898. James Cole is shown as a licensed victualler of Stoke Newington, presumably it took some time to interest one of the photographic companies in the patent.

The distinguishing point of the camera is the exceptional rise and cross front that, it was claimed, did away with the need for swing movements. The rising front is by a tambour arrangement, moved by a rack and pinion, that covers the full height of the front panel.

The camera could not have sold well judging the number of known cameras. The cross front carries the patent number and a serial number, there is also a different serial number on the base of the camera. The first of these probably shows the number of the Cole camera, the second is probably a serial number relating to the manufacturer.

References & Notes:
BP 5374/1894. BJA 1898, p. 10. Marion's Guide to Photography 1898, Advertisement p. 19.


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