|Butchers 122 (85 x 135mm) roll film camera 'The Famous Carbine, c1915|
W. Butcher & Sons Carbine, made in England. Up to the advent of the First World 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
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