Increase traffic to your listing with Auctiva's FREE Scrolling Gallery. Please note this is on the UK site and listed in GB pounds. " camera is, I believe, the "Acme" model, it is in "as found condition and has not been restored or repaired by us. Watson & Sons Manufacturers was an optician and camera maker based in Holborn, London.
The company was founded by William Watson in 1837 and they began making cameras in the 1880s. The company was renown for the quality of the woodwork. I believe it was all crafted by hand tools as Watson would allow no machinery except a circular saw into his workshop until 1898. The tapered black leather bellows have suffered over the years, it has come away from the front on one side and the top is becoming unglued.There are also a number of splits, tears and repairs to both sides, I have tried to show the condition in the photographs. The ground glass plate to the back of the camera appears to be free from any cracks or chips, it measures 6 1/2 inches by 4 3/4 inches, I believe this is 1/2 plate size.
The leather handle to the top is well attached. There are no major splits or cracks to the mahogany that I can find, however, the top of the right hand post at the front of the camera has a split around the screw. Over the years the wood has taken on a lovely depth of colour and patina. All of the brass work appears to be present and is in working order, it has also retained much of its'original lacquered finish.
Unfortunately, the lens board and lens are missing. The camera extends as it should and folds away fine, I have tried to show this in the photographs.
There is an applied ivorine plaque to the front with W. Manufacturers, 313, High Holborn, London. This camera requires some TLC in order to bring it back to its'full glory and it would a great addition to any collection. We take great care to describe our items as clearly and honestly as possible, including any faults or flaws that we may see. Please do take a little time to look at the pictures and read the descriptions carefully.
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