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J.Robinson and Sons quarter plate tailboard camera, 1880.

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    Posted 10 years ago

    ericevans2
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    Robinson & Sons, J.| Tailboard Camera. | 1880. | Quarter Plate.
    Catalogue No. 0209.
    The first Robinson in my collection comes from their Dublin address, 65, Grafton Street, Dublin, which they gave up around 1887. This, the second of my Robinson cameras, comes from Robinsons' London address, 172, Regent Street, where they are believed to have been established in the early 1870s. It came to me in a very distressed state, only part of which I have been able to remedy. The odd looking lens is engraved "No.1 Beck (Simple) Telephoto Lens, No. 165688". This will mean more to the lens collector than it does to me, but I am willing to learn if anyone offers information.

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    1. ericevans2 ericevans2, 9 years ago
      Thanks all for the loves!
    2. Autumnal10, 3 months ago
      Hi Eric, I have a J. Robinson & Sons Opticians London Camera and have been trying to find more information on it and it’s value. Any recommendations on where to begin?

      Best,
      Autumn
    3. rniederman rniederman, 3 months ago
      Hi, Autumnal10. I was a friend of Eric and sadly he passed away in 2016.

      However, I do have some information about J. Robinson and Sons. The company was around in the 1880s; first in Dublin (65 Grafton Street) and later (1890s) in London (172 Regent Street).

      I have notes the company made "Acme" stand cameras as well as cameras in the detective body pattern. The Luzo Hand Camera (made while working for H. J. Redding) is very well known. There is also a note of "New Portable Cameras" made with aluminum hardware in 1893. There doesn't appear to be any listings after 1899.

      Eric had two Robinson cameras. Here are the URLs from his website (which is still online):

      http://www.woodandbrass.co.uk/detail.php?cat_num=0149
      http://www.woodandbrass.co.uk/detail.php?cat_num=0209

      Here is a another Robinson camera that is online:
      http://www.earlyphotography.co.uk/site/entry_C408.html

      Hope this helps. - Rob

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