An Antique Thornton Pickard, 'anastigmat' Tailboard Camera & Plate Holders 19thc
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An Antique Thornton Pickard, 'anastigmat' Tailboard Camera & Plate Holders 19thc:
A Rare Antique Mahogany & Brass ''Thornton Pickard Ltd'' Tailboard Camera & Plate Holders with 'Cook Anasteigmat' Lens - 19th CenturyFor your consideration is this rare and unusual antique 'Thornton Pickard Ltd' plate camera from the late 19th Century.The mahogany cased camera and plate holders with brass fittings and thumb wheels is fitted with an ''Cooke Anasteigmat'' lens. The camera features a remotely operated "Time & Instantaneous" shutter release.There are three numbered plate holders in mahogany and brass with the camera and the camera features a rolling ball level mounted on top of the rear frame member.Both the camera, plate holders and lens appear to be in good condition, requiring only light restoration.
Thornton-Pickard Ltd was a well known British camera manufacturer established in 1888. The company was an early pioneer in the development of the camera industry.
The Thornton-Pickard company was founded by John Thornton and
Edgar Pickard in Manchester, in 1888. The innovative "Time & Instantaneous" shutter
was designed and patented by Thornton in 1892.
This shutter design was also licensed to a number of other camera makers.
Following the death of Edgar Pickard in 1897, Thornton found himself in a company dominated
by the Pickard family, whom he disliked intensely, and shortly
afterwards he left, forming a new company called the Thornton Film Company. In 1913
Thornton emigrated to the United States, and went on to patent a
three-colour cine film that was manufactured under license by Eastman Kodak.
Designed by Harold Taylor, of Taylor, Taylor and Hobson Ltd, the Cooke Anasteigmat Lens proved to be an influential design and was copied by other makers including Voigtlander and Zeiss.
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