Tropical Sonnet - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Tropical Sonnet

c. 1909

Nettel Camera Works

Sontheim

Germany

Image of Tropical Sonnet

Lens:
f4.5, 4" Cooke Series II Anastigmat, iris diaphragm to f32. Serial no. 51178 (c. 1915).

Shutter:
Dial-set Compur, speeds 1 - 1/200, B, T.

Construction:
Teak body with brown leather bellows, focusing screen hood and baseboard.

Format:
6.5 x 9 cm plates held in slides.

Focusing:
Bellows to c. 2' 10".

Attributes:
Frame finder.

Movements:
Rising front.

Serial Number:
17589 .

Notes:
This is a later example fitted with a Compur shutter.

With:
Hooded focusing screen.

The Sonnet survived the merger of Nettel and Contessa in 1919 and for a few years the formation of Zeiss-Ikon. At various times it was made in sizes of 4.5 x 6 cm, 6.5 x 9 cm, 9 x 12 cm and 10 x 15 cm. The tropical finish may have been available in only the two smaller sizes.

Several lenses were fitted in either Compound, Compur or Ibsor shutters. The camera was sold under different names depending on the country. Some models have a brilliant view-finder others do not.

References & Notes:
BJA 1910, p. 11. BJA 1912, p. 9. BJA 1924, p. 696.

Further Information:
Tubbs, ZI Cameras, p.135.

Illustrations:
MA, 245, 1283. Prague Cat. 304, 303. Christie's Cat. 15/3/1992 lots 458, 468 - 471.

Tropical Sonnet

c. 1919

Contessa-Nettel

Stuttgart

Germany

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Lens:
f4.5, 7.5 cm Tessar, iris diaphragm to f25. Serial no. 286491 .

Shutter:
Dial-set Compur, speeds 1 - 1/300, B, T.

Construction:
Teak body with brown leather bellows, focusing screen hood and baseboard.

Format:
4.5 x 6 cm plates held in slides.

Focusing:
Bellows to c. 2 metre.

Attributes:
Frame finder.

Serial Number:
26571 .

Notes:
Retailer's label: Sands, Hunter & Co. Ltd, London.

With:

  • Hooded focusing screen.
  • Three single slides. Film-pack adapter.
  • Case with Sands & Hunter label.

This camera carries the Contessa-Nettel name and so dates to later than the merger of Nettel and Contessa in 1919. The lens is earlier being manufactured during the war. A Sands & Hunter label covers the original Contessa-Nettel badge on the top of the camera and the case also has a Sands & Hunter label. German imports did not start until around 1925 so this camera was possibly part of a batch of cameras bought by S&H, something they specialised in, or it acquired the S&H labels when sold second hand. The dark slides and film pack adapter are of British manufacture.

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