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Wood Cameras109 of 278Blair Lucidograph Cameras - 1884 to 1890Henry Clay “Regular” with Exceptionally Rare Brown Leather Body - c1896
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    Posted 8 years ago

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    Thanks so much for taking your time to read this, just as a little background- I am an artist but have no photography experience, I picked this camera and its bits and bobs up on my travels in Normandy this year. I was frankly uncertain what I was going to do with it but I was sure I could give it more love and attention than it was getting in the junk shop I found it in.

    Having done a bit of online research I believe it to be a but I can't be entirely certain. The other flummoxing thing about this camera was that it wasn't attached to the hinged board you would expect it to rest on but the other contraption which I have uploaded, I have many more pictures so do let me know if it would be helpful to upload it. Does anybody know what the lens contraption thing is?

    Just a little bit more detail about the camera;

    -It appears to be in original condition but is missing its lens and the hinged back door that a plate would sit on
    -The mechanism on the bit at the bottom (I have no idea what it is called!) is smooth
    -I also have an array of film and bits and bobs that came with it including a negative on a glass plate

    Can I give anybody more details that would help to identify it? Would the camera have intrinsic value to someone? And does anybody know someone in London that might be able to help me?

    Many thanks!


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    1. rniederman rniederman, 8 years ago
      Hi Ellie ... this style of camera is referred to as a "Chambre De Voyage" by collectors. Chambre De Voyage (French for "field camera") is a generic reference for a common style of field view camera sold in France from the 1890s to the 1930s: also known as a "Continental - styled View Camera" or simply "Continental View." Refer to my webpage that discusses this type of a camera at:

      In summary, it's a common style of camera and identifying a specific model is nearly impossible because companies didn't always name the different cameras. Values for this type of camera are not very high in the United States and typically most appealing to European collectors.

      The lens thing is unrelated to the camera. It appears to be part of a lantern projector.

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