A Very Fine English Wetplate Camera With a Landscape Lens By Shepherd. Make - Unknown Model - Unknown Date - Circa 1860 Film/Plate Size - 6.5inch Square Size - Fully Extended 16.5 Inches Country of manufacture - UK DESCRIPTION Offered for sale is an exceptionally fine and original Weplate camera with an unusual combination landscape and portrait lens by G Shepherd, London. The camera is unsigned but typical of the cameras produced for the English market in about 1860/70. The camera is built of solid mahogany with dovetailed joints.Each separate joint has a brass screw for added strength. Each screw head is aligned. The front of the camera is quite simple with no control for lens height adjustment.
The back of the camera folds down to form the track like an early form of tailboard. This is then locked into position with a sliding board below. The back of the camera pulls out to focus and is then locked in position with a knurled wheel at the back. At the back of the camera is the square focal screen with one wetplate dark slide.
The camera is focussed using the focal screen then the screen is replaced with the darkslide and the image exposed. The lens is very unusual. Essentially it's a landscape type lens with an internal aperture. However at some point a separate cell containing two lenses has been made to slide in at the front.This increases the magnification effectively turning the lens into a portrait lens. The lens is engraved: G. Farringdon St, London 5176 The lens has a rack and pinion focus and its original brass lens cap.
Condition: Cosmetically the camera is very good. This camera has not been restored or re-polished in any way. The finish on the wood is totally original.
The brass lacquer is a little worn and pitted. The rack and pinion on the lens is good Optically the lenses are good with some minor cleaning marks. Apsley Antiques Mailing List Please join our mailing list on the left of the page or below. We know how items are handled In the postal services.We go out of our way to provide all our items with the care in packing they deserve. We use the best quality packing not second-hand re-used battered old cardboard boxes. We use super strong fibre tape and try to always double box where we can For large deliveries within the UK we use a private courier firm. Typically for large items i.
Please use the contact details on the left of the main page. L'item "Very Fine English Wetplate Camera With a Landscape Lens Brass & Mahogany Finish" est en vente depuis le jeudi 10 mars 2016. Il est dans la catégorie "Cameras & Photography\Vintage Photography\Vintage Cameras\Box Cameras". Le vendeur est "apsley" et est localisé à/en Reading. Cet article peut être livré partout dans le monde.