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Selling Wood and Brass Cameras

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A recent auction featured nearly thirty wood and brass cameras with many being by Lancaster and Thornton Pickard. There was a good selection of these British cameras from the late nineteenth century. The most expensive wood and brass camera did not sell. It was described as a fine British mahogany sliding box wet plate camera. […]

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I BUY TINTED AMBROTYPE PHOTOGRAPHS

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When browsing in a Devon antique shop I came across three early ambrotype photographs and bought two of them. Two had the details of the photographer on the back of the frame and they were from Portsea, Portsmouth. One I discarded as the condition was poor but the other was in good condition and the […]

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SANDERSON LE MERITOIRE CAMERA

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I have bought a Sanders Le Meritoire camera outfit recently. It’s a mid-range Sanderson wood and brass camera from the late nineteenth century. It came with dark slides, some original plates and its original wooden box that still had its key. Sanderson was a major maker of British cameras and is perhaps best known for […]

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ROUCH MAHOGANY AND BRASS CAMERA

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I bought a Rouch mahogany and brass camera at Photographica 2016 last weekend. It’s an English camera from the 1880s and is an unusual one. Rouch was formed in 1854, originally being Burfield & Rouch. The address was 180 The Strand, London. The company manufactured fine quality cameras and equipment and was awarded several Prize […]

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PHOTOGRAPHICA 2016.

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This Sunday, 22nd May, is Photographica, the largest camera and photographica fair in the UK. The event is organised by the Photographic Collectors Club of Great Britain ( PCCGB ). If you love old cameras then this is the place to be on Sunday. The event is held at the society’s Lindley Hall in Vincent […]

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Daguerreotype cameras and Daguerreotypes

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Today I bought a Daguerreotype by Antoine Claudet of a man and a young girl. It was for sale in a local shop selling secondhand items and some antiques. The daguerreotype case bears the name of Claudet’s studio in London and it’s address. The invention of photography was announced in 1839 with the first announcement […]

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Burr Stereo Lenses

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I have bought stereo lenses by Buss for a Meagher stereo camera. The Petzval lenses are marked as being made in London and the company started in about 1858. The company was originally involved in the business of opticians and chemists and opticians were quick to see the opportunities that photography brought for expanding their […]

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Capturing the Beauty of Antique Cameras

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Handling, or better still owning, a beatiful hand made antique camera is a real thrill. Possibly the next best thing is to have an artist produce a one off unique drawing of a particular camera. this possibility had not crossed my mind until I saw the work of an Italian artist in an exhibition in […]