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Camera_turk's likes9 of 21Blair Reversible Back Camera with Patent Extension Back, 1880s – 90sWoolley Sons & Co., James. | "The No.2 Victoria Outfit." | 1889. | Half Plate.
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    Posted 8 years ago

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    Hello, I have a few old wooden cameras, but this one in particular that I would like to fire up and start taking some pictures. It appears to be in reasonable good working order, the bellow seems ok and the lens seems to fire at different shutter speeds and the iris also seems to be in order. My problem is I would like to shoot some glass plates, however I cannot seem to find the size on any reference material that I have looked up on the internet. (Would like to buy some ready made glass plates). The double darks seem to hold 3.5" x 5.5" which could also be interpreted as 3.25" x 5.25", however I cannot find either of these size which should be around 1/4 plate. The camera is British made but has no other markings apart from a serial number. I have some pictures which I will also try to post, any help would be appreciated as I want to start taking some pix with the old beauty, I realize I might also have to prepare my own glass plates with light sensitive emulsion, but not finding the proper size is a concern...kind regards, robert

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    1. rniederman rniederman, 8 years ago
      Handsome camera. Try measuring the ground glass. This should give a fairly accurate idea of the format size. To shoot, you probably need to coat your own glass plates, unless there is someone selling prepared plates. Glass plates need to be really clean and free of dust, etc. There is a company making an emulsion product called Liquid Light; but I think it is for printing. You might want to Google the folks and check to see if they also make emulsion for negatives, or if their emulsion can be used for plates. As far as identifying the camera, Eric Evans is a British camera collector who posts here on CW. Chances are good he can identify your camera.
    2. DRAGONPIX, 8 years ago
      rniederman, many thanks your comments and interest. Yes she is a lovely old beauty, sweet as.... That is an interesting question regarding Liquid Light, I have already made some enquiries and thought it would be for glass plates and could be used as negative emulsion, but now will check, that could save me from making a big mistake, many thanks your help....cheers robert
    3. michaeln544 michaeln544, 8 years ago
      Try they have a lot of old box camera spares they update their website every friday. Based in london.
    4. DRAGONPIX, 8 years ago
      michaeln544, many thanks will follow up on the link you mentioned...much appreciated...

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