Today we are happy to offer for sale a rare antique F. H. Sanderson Tropical box camera! F. H. Sanderson was a cabinetmaker who was interested in architecture photography. He developed a bellows camera with variably movable lens board. In 1895 he got a patent on that principle and let the Holmes Bros. company make the cameras. These were the first highly flexible modern view cameras. The company stopped making cameras in the mid 1930’s. A bit of info on the Sanderson Tropical:
The culminatory models of the Sanderson Hand & Stand cameras, were the extremely sophisticated “Tropical” cameras produced through to the mid-nineteen-thirties, when production ceased. Super expensive instruments, made of nothing but the best available materials, the bodies were of polished teak, with jointed and brass dowelled corners and very solid lacquered brass fittings. A wide choice of lens and shutter combinations was available. There was a multiplicity of camera movements; a flap on top allowed for extreme rising front, and the baseboard could be hinged down for extreme fall, or for use with wide angle lenses. Anything that at that time could be done photographically, could be done on a Sanderson Tropical.
The Tropical box camera finely crafted and detailed. The piece features a lacquered wood teak body with brass hardware. The bellows are crafted of black leather. The camera is marked on the brass hardware “Sanderson’s Patents”; a small plaque on the is marked “The Westminster Photographic Exchange Ltd, London”. The lens is marked “F. Deckel Munchen Compur/ Carl Zeiss Jena Nr 900167 Tessar 1:4,5 f=15cm”. The plate measures 5″x4″. Camera presents well and is in good antique as-found 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 perhaps some minor restoration if you intend to actually use it. The corners of the bellows have minor wear/peeling. It appears a leather pull is missing from the back panel. The brass tract is slightly tight to move and the brass sliding screwed-on panels are slightly loose. This wonderful early 1900s Sanderson Tropical camera will make an outstanding addition to any fine antique early European camera collection. Fresh to the market!
Measurements: 6-1/2″ in height, 6-1/4″ in width, 13″ in length (fully extended)/4-3/8″ in length (retracted)