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    Posted 6 years ago

    springrain…
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    Hi trying to find out info about this camera. Like approx. time it was made. Is it rare or not. I know it's obviously missing pieces. Was wondering how I would find out what the value for it is worth? I know nothing about antique cameras so any info would be greatly appreciated! Thanks for your time!!

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    1. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
      You might want to look under cameras and see what is posted here.

      Also member: rniederman is very knowledgeable about cameras and my "go to guy". I am sure that he will be able to help you out.

      If you ever need help on antique photographs-- I'd be happy to help!

      scott
    2. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 years ago
      very nice!!!
    3. springrain280, 6 years ago
      @Riply206 yes I think your right there is a brass ring on the front but there is no lens :-(
      Is there a website to look up antique cameras to find out what they are worth approx.? I honestly have no ideal I bought it at an old farmer's auction about 12 years ago for $15
      Thanks again for responding!!
    4. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      This is what is known as a horizontal enlarger and not specifically a camera. The rear of the enlarger should have a large iron-body light housing with condenser lenses. And yes, a lens is needed at the front.

      Westminster Photographic Exchange, Ltd. is the company that sold the enlarger. The small round, brass maker's ID is the symbol for W. Butcher & Sons (as opposed to the singular word “Son” used from 1895 to 1901). In 1902, William Frederick Butcher’s brother Frank joined the business and the name was updated to “Sons.” It was a very well known company that also made the 15-lens Royal Mail camera I have posted here on CW:

      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/87788-royal-mail-stamp-camera-1907-15

      In terms of dating, the company name of W. Butcher & Sons (plural) was used from 1902 to 1914. The outbreak of war in 1914 forced Butcher to work with a competing company (Houghtons, Ltd) to pool manufacturing facilities. By 1915, the two companies were known as Houghton-Butcher Manufacturing Company, Ltd. In summary, the enlarger dates from 1902 to 1914.

      As far as value, complete horizontal enlargers have sold in auctions for an average of £30 (about $50). Unfortunately this is an incomplete example and would not have much value except for parts.

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