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    Posted 5 years ago

    rniederman
    (324 items)

    Before collecting American cameras exclusively, my collection included English cameras because of their exceptional craftsmanship. One of the lesser known view camera styles that I always found interesting is the "side-strut" body pattern. English built Shew cameras, by James F. Shew, London, were the standard of this design.

    Side-strut cameras were popular because they could be folded into a very thin form to easily fit into a vest or coat pocket. The camera shown here is a ¼-plate (3¼ x 4¼ inch) format. It is made of highly polished mahogany, maroon leather tapered bellows, lacquered brass and includes a Darlot lens mounted in Shew’s novel coiled spring instantaneous shutter.

    Established in 1849, J.F. Shew is believed to have been in business until 1920. His popular side-strut designs were copied by French builders.

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      You have some wonderful cameras, thank-you for sharing them!
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