Half plate camera with lens, tripod and hood, metal / glass / fabric, Fallowfield & Co, England, 1880s-1890s

Made by Perken, Son & Rayment in England, 1880-1890s.

Half plate camera with lens, tripod and hood, metal / glass / fabric, Fallowfield & Co / Perken, Son & Rayment, England, 1880s-1890s.

Camera: half plate camera of polished wood with brass bound construction, the base board folds down from the rear of the camera body. Protective flap opens to allow fold down and secures base board open. Focusing plate is extended on track along base board. The lens set on adjustable lens board. Dry plate.

Lens: brass body lens.

Tripod: collapsable three leg tr...

Summary

H10178
Half plate camera with lens, tripod and hood, metal / glass / fabric, Fallowfield & Co / Perken, Son & Rayment, England, 1880s-1890s.

Camera: half plate camera of polished wood with brass bound construction, the base board folds down from the rear of the camera body. Protective flap opens to allow fold down and secures base board open. Focusing plate is extended on track along base board. The lens set on adjustable lens board. Dry plate.

Lens: brass body lens.

Tripod: collapsable three leg tripod with a wooden plate at top holding legs together, brass bound construction.

Hood: black photographer's hood.

Production

England in 1856. In 1860 he started publishing Fallowfields Photographic Annual which by 1900 contained 880 pages and 1620 illustrations.

In 1888 Fallowfields was purchased by F. W. Hindley who retained the Fallowfield name and in the following year they received the rights to market the Facile camera, which was designed and patented by Frankiall. In 1890 the business moved to 146 Charing Cross Road, London and in the following decade were one of the first to encourage the use of automatic ferrotype cameras which could develop images on the spot, these cameras included the Takuquick, Taquta, and Popular Ferrotype.

By 1919 the production of Fallowfield labeled camerstarted to decline although the business continued to sell equipment and photographic materials. In 1921 the business incorporated and became Jonathan Fallowfield Ltd.

Geoff Barker, Curatorial, June, 2011

Ref:
Encyclopedia of Nineteenth-Century Photography Dec. 2010, M. Pritchard
British Journal Almanac, 1910, 1913 & 1926
The Year Book of Photography, 1900

The camera was made by Fallowfield & Co and the lens by Perken, Son & Rayment, both in England.
Perken, Son & Rayment 1880-1890s

Source

Purchased 1984

Cite this Object

Half plate camera with lens, tripod and hood, metal / glass / fabric, Fallowfield & Co, England, 1880s-1890s 2014, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 29 March 2017, <https://ma.as/231067>
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