A very nice example of a polished wood folding field camera, complete with a lens and in its original case including three double-dark film holders. I opened one in a darkroom and discovered that it still had film loaded. I suspect the others also have film but did not check. Might be an interesting project to get these developed? This is a half-plate camera, taking film just in excess of 6 x 4 inches.
The back clips off and can be mounted either vertically or horizontally (portrait/landscape). It lacks a makers name as the name plate has been lost from the top rear section. I would place a small wager that it was made by Thornton Pickard. It is in good order with various all the assorted marks and scratches and patina one would expect from a camera that has been used.
The shutter opens and closes smoothly and the lens retains its original leather lens cap. The film holders retain their circular number tags on what I believe are ivory inlays numbering 1 to 6.
These are in very nice condition. The bellows open well and appear to be in good order if a little'dry'!Some TLC can restore these. I forgot to mention that the close-up photo attached shows the only discernible fault - a small split in the wooden frame. Not a serious issue, just age-related..... And fortunately this is on the base of the camera as the main photo shows the'underside'of the camera with its circular brass tripod mount (No, I don't have the tripod). Overall, the camera is complete (apart from the name plate) and measures approx 8 inches square when folded. The canvas camera case is a very rare survivor - never seen another - but the leather straps have deteriorated and broken off, otherwise it's a time-warp piece that is now showing its age although the interior compartment in green baize is still very much intact. Unable to offer a 100% cast-iron guarantee regarding the efficiency of the bellows as they are getting on in years but, having checked in a black room with a very bright torch, I cannot detect any light leaks - which is surprising!
In response to a question, I opened one of the film holders (they are hinged at the base - no film in that one) and they have a central metal pressure plate and removable metal film holders. Each one takes film 6.25 x 4 inches. To fit film that measures 16.5 x 12cm requires 3mm to be trimmed from each dimension. As a professional photographer, I have owned this camera since 1973 and it has been dry-stored over this period. It weighs 3.3kg complete.L'item "English wooden folding field plate camera in bag plus slides" est en vente depuis le vendredi 6 mai 2016. Il est dans la catégorie "Cameras & Photography\Vintage Photography\Vintage Cameras\Folding Cameras". Le vendeur est "trev289" et est localisé à/en Crawley. Cet article peut être livré au Royaume-Uni, en Autriche, en Belgique, BG, HR, CY, CZ, DK, FI, en France, en Allemagne, GR, HU, en Irelande, en Italie, LT, LU, MT, au Pays-Bas, PL, PT, RO, SK, SI, en Espagne, SE, en Australie, aux États-Unis, RU, au Canada, au Japon, en Nouvelle-Zélande, en Chine, IL, à Hong Kong, NO, ID, MY, au Mexique, SG, KR, en Suisse, à Taïwan, TH, TR.