Share your favorites on Show & Tell

Forrest’s Patent “Due-Ratio” wooden drop shutter, c1888. (the beauty of early camera shutters #5)

In Cameras > Camera Accessories > Show & Tell.
Vintage Camera Accessories13 of 31Stull Daguerreotype Viewing Case, c.1855E. Jacobs Daguerreotype Gallery Token, c.1850-58
Love it
Like it

pops52pops52 loves this.
BHock45BHock45 loves this.
JohnKratzJohnKratz loves this.
f64imagerf64imager loves this.
valentino97valentino97 loves this.
JewelsJewels loves this.
officialfuelofficialfuel loves this.
SEAN68SEAN68 loves this.
ericevans2ericevans2 loves this.
walksoftlywalksoftly loves this.
racer4fourracer4four loves this.
fortapachefortapache loves this.
vetraio50vetraio50 loves this.
aghcollectaghcollect loves this.
See 12 more
Add to collection

    Please create an account, or Log in here

    If you don't have an account, create one here.

    Create a Show & TellReport as inappropriate

    Posted 5 years ago

    (307 items)

    Although downright primitive compared to the fancy brass shutters I’ve posted here on CW, this is one of my favorites.

    This is a rare, simple external shutter that mounts on the front of a lens or lens hood. The overall size is roughly 3 x 5 inches with a 2 inch diameter mount. It’s nothing more than a slotted mahogany body with a sliding block of wood that acts as the shutter blade.

    In the family of drop shutters, this is quite special. When ‘loaded’ and released, a tensioned rubber band or elastic string fires the wooden ‘blade’ upward to start the exposure. The elastic string (or rubber band) stops the block from shooting off the body and gravity pulls-along with the string or rubberband-the block downward to finish the exposure.

    In the picture shown here, the left side is the cocked position; tensioned and ready to shoot. The right image shows the blade at the top of its travel.

    The shutter makes a terrific ‘clunk’ sound that always makes me smile.


    1. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
      Very interesting to see the shutter in it's early rudimentary development!
    2. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
    3. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
    4. SEAN68 SEAN68, 5 years ago
      merry Christmas rob!!
    5. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
      Thanks, Sean and eye4beauty ... happy holidays to you too.
    6. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
    7. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
    8. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
      Thanks, Phil!
    9. rniederman rniederman, 3 years ago
      Overdo thanks, pops52!

    Want to post a comment?

    Create an account or login in order to post a comment.