"The British" Half-Plate Camera

Made:
1890-1899 in United Kingdom
maker:
Billcliff and Sons

Half plate camera by Billcliff, c.1899. Mahogany folding field camera double extension. Rising front Billcliffe type swing back and swing front. Wray 81/2 anastigmat. Iris diaphragm. With T/P shutter and one D/D slide. Good low price field camera of the late 19th early 20th century. Used by architectural workers and small studios as a portrait camera. Apart from the low price (£6) is was a very simple camera to set up when in the field. A linking camera between large whole plate field camera used for professional work and the 1/4 plate hand/stand that was popular with the amateur workers.

Ivory label on right side of camera body: "The 'British' J.T. Chapman Photographic chemist Manchester"

Details

Category:
Photographic Technology
Object Number:
Y1966.28.14
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), glass, leather, wood (unidentified)
Measurements:
overall (collapsed): 73 mm x 220 mm x 208 mm,
type:
camera
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • photographic equipment
credit:
Gift of J.T. Chapman Limited

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