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1890s Enameled Anheuser-Busch Corkscrew Knife with Stanhope

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Vintage Camera Accessories17 of 31Prosch Flashlight Products Handbook & Letter, 1914Another Rare Photographic Accessory, c.1906
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    Posted 5 years ago

    rniederman
    (307 items)

    I’ve always wanted an interesting Stanhope to go with my camera collection and finally acquired one. While not in the best condition it’s a nice ‘go with’. Shown here is a 1890s Anheuser-Busch corkscrew knife. Hidden inside is a tiny image of Adolphus Busch (b.1839 ... ironically the year the first commercial photographic process was announced), cofounder of the famous company.

    Stanhopes are optical viewers allowing you to see microphotographs. And the images are tiny, barely a couple millimeters in size. A transparency is glued (usually with balsam) to the flat side of a lens. Invented in 1862, Stanhope images were first made using the collodion process. They are very collectable and are mounted in a variety of objects.

    The colorful corkscrew knife shown here shows obvious wear but is quite cute. Its blades are marked “KASTOR & CO., OHLIGS GERMANY” which means this is an original as opposed to a later reproduction.

    The image of Adolphus Busch is seen by looking into a small eyepiece. (Refer to the arrow pointing to the viewer.) A friend photographed the micro-image with a microscope mounted DSLR. He’s photographed several Stanhope collections and does a great job.

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    1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 5 years ago
      very beautiful Rob!!
    2. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
      Many thanks, Sean!
    3. SEAN68 SEAN68, 5 years ago
      Your very welcome Rob!!
    4. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
      Thanks, pops52 and kerry10456!
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      Thanks, vetraio50 and aghcollect!
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      Thanks, Bootson!
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      Thanks, Jewels and Manikin!
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      Thanks, David!
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      Thanks, Ben!
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      Thanks, kyratango!
    16. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
      Thanks!
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    17. flask flask, 5 years ago
      The knife is a beautiful piece in itself - but the photograph takes it to another level. Thanks for sharing!
    18. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
      Thanks!
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      Thanks!
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    20. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
      Thanks, Hardbrake!
    21. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
      Hunter wrote a terrific article on Stanhopes. Although I've known about them for a long, long time, Hunter adds lots of new information from his research. Check it out at: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/secrets-of-the-worlds-tiniest-photographs/
    22. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
      Thanks, PhotoGuy!
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