Today we are happy to offer for sale a rare antique early 20th century Soennecken & Co. full plate wood and brass box camera!
Soennecken & Co. is a German office products manufacturer. Its products are well known in the Anglo-Saxon world, in North America, Australia and also India. Founded by Friedrich Soennecken in 1875, the name was registered as a trademark in 1905. Soennecken is the synonym for the development of the pen, binder and the punch, and also early cameras. Today the enterprise offers a variety of office products.
This large Soennecken full plate folding camera is finely crafted and detailed. The piece features a lacquered mahogany wood body with brass fittings. The bellows are crafted of blue leather. The ground glass measures approx. 7″ in length by 9-3/8″ in height. This model features R. J. Beck N. 3789 12×10 rectilinear lens retailed by W. H. Walmsley & Co of Philadelphia. Marked with Soennecken brass plaque on front (engraving on plaque is scratched and partially worn off).
Camera presents well and is in good antique condition, with minor wear, scuffing and patina commensurate with age and use. To our limited knowledge it appears all components are intact. Camera is in need of a light cleaning and some minor restoration if you intend to actually use it. The corners of the bellows have minor wear/peeling. The leather handle is torn and loose. There brass lens frame is slightly dented around the edge.
This wonderful Soennecken camera will make an outstanding addition to any fine antique early camera collection. Fresh to the market!
Measurements: 13″ in height, 11-1/4″ in width, 19-1/2″ in length (extended)/ 8-3/4″ in length (retracted)
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