This gorgeous rare victorian bellows camera was made by Henry Park, of London. Park was one of the finest of the English camera makers.
He spent 8 years working with George Hare, and 7 with Patrick Meagher, who both, in turn had worked for the great early maker, Thomas Ottewill. It is constructed with flame Cuban mahogany, and is French polished.
The design is by someone who clearly knew exactly what a meticulous photographer would look for. As well as all joints being dovetailed and brass bound for strength, precision and durability, it has swing and tilt movements at the back of the camera, which enabled great depth of focus using the Scheimflug principle. I have shown all the movements in my photographs.This was particularly useful when using wide aperture Petzval lenses, such as the brass lens seen on this camera. It meant that even at full aperture it was possible to achieve sharpness selectively, not just on the same plane. As well as these movements, there is a slotted bar on the top of the camera, so that the camera could be focused very precisely, and all these movements could then be locked by tightening the two thumb screws.
All this required the most exacting cabinet making skills, and were typical of the finest British camera making. The bellows are of soft leather, and Burgandy Red colour. They are in fine condition, as is the whole camera.
It would grace any collection or museum. The camera measures 12" x 11-1/2" x 5-1/2 when folded. It weighs approximately 4.5kgs.The plate size, therefore the focusing screen, measures 8-1/2" x 6-1/2". L'item "Magnificent Mahogany & Brass Henry Park Whole Plate Camera Soft Burgandy Bellows" est en vente depuis le dimanche 6 décembre 2015. Il est dans la catégorie "Cameras & Photography\Vintage Photography\Vintage Cameras\Other Vintage Cameras".
Le vendeur est "traveller61" et est localisé à/en South of England. Cet article peut être livré partout dans le monde.