|Butchers 122 (85 x 135mm) roll film camera 'The Famous Carbine, c1915|
W. Butcher & Sons Carbine. Up to the advent of the Great War* Butchers
imported German made cameras but this arrangement became somewhat inconvenient
thereafter, and they teamed up with Houghtons as manufacturer to form
The Houghton-Butcher Manufacturing Co.Ltd, finally merging in 1926. By
1930 they sold cameras under the Ensign name. There is frequently no mention
of Butcher on the pre Houghton-Butcher arrangement cameras.
The negative size, when contact printed with a 2.5mm white border would have produced a then standard postcard sized print.
This Carbine was donated in March 2009 in appropriately worn condition, by Mr. J Hallum. In view of its past, restoration was rejected, instead a deep clean and critical repairs only were undertaken. The bellows were quite rotten at the rear pleats, so a new section was inserted and a total of four small patches over pinholes. All the original paint and scratches have been retained.
|Body No. 60786
Shutter, Lukos II, speeds T, B , 100, 50 and 25th
Lens, f/8 Beck Symmetrical
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