Today we are happy to offer for sale a rare antique late 19th century W. Watson & Sons Full Plate mahogany folding camera!
W. Watson and Sons was an optical instrument maker. In 1837, the William Watson business was established in London for the manufacture of optical instruments. By the 1840s, the company moved into lanterns, slides and associated equipment. In 1868, the name was changed to W. Watson & Son and by this time were located at 313 High Holborn, London. In the 1870s, the company added photographic equipment and became known as a leading manufacturer of the Highest Class Photographic Instruments and Apparatus in England. Into the 1940s, the company remained at 313 High Holborn, London, England.
This Watson large-format tailboard full plate camera is finely crafted and detailed. The pieces features a lacquered mahogany wood body with brass fittings. The bellows are crafted of maroon leather. The ground glass measures approx. 8-3/8″ in length by 6-1/2″ in height. This model features a pair of H. Dallmeyer n.49309 No. 1 rectilinear lenses and includes a septum that goes inside to separate the frames to shoot stereo images. Marked with “W. Watson & Sons/Manufacturers/313 High Holborn London” plaque. Camera presents well and is in good antique condition, with minor wear 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. This wonderful late 1800s full plate camera will make an outstanding addition to any fine antique early European camera collection. Fresh to the market!
Measurements: 11-1/4″ in height, 10-3/4″ in width, 4-1/4″ in depth (retracted)/ 14″ in depth (extended)
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