Duplex Reflex - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Duplex Reflex

Tropical model

Model of c. 1912

Thornton-Pickard Manufacturing Co.



Image of Duplex Reflex Tropical model

f4.5, 5 " Cooke Anastigmat, iris diaphragm to f16. Serial no. 78859 (c. 1918).

Focal-plane, speeds 1/10 - 1/1000, T. Self-capping.

Polished teak with brass binding. Brown leather bellows and hood.

3 " x 2 " or 3 " x 3 " plates held in double dark-slides.

Bellows to 23". Double extension.

Reflex viewing through taking lens. Full-size ground glass screen.
Mirror raised by pressure on the release knob, pulled down by a spring when pressure is removed.
Revolving back. Removable lens box. Mirror lock when hood is closed.

Rising front.

Retailer's label in hood: Westminster Photographic Exchange. 119 Victoria St. London SW1. (1917 - ).

2 double dark-slides. Film pack adapter. Case.

The Duplex started out around 1909 as a double extension version of the Ruby Reflex. From about 1910 the Duplex was advertised as a model in its own right and differed from the Ruby.

Originally available in 3 " x 4 ", 5" x 4" or postcard and 6 " x 4 ", the combined 3 " x 2 " or 3 " x 3 " was added in 1911 and called the Bijou. A revolving back was fitted from 1910 in place of the reversing back. At the same time a mirror lock prevented movement of the mirror when the hood was closed. The 5" x 4"/postcard size was available without the revolving back option, it would then have a fixed back for horizontal work, making it cheaper and more compact.

Some time prior to 1914 models for 9 x 12 cm and 7" x 5" were added. Continental equivalents were available for the other English sizes. Some, probably late, examples have lazy tong supports between the body and the front standard.

References & Notes:
Ruby shutter. BJA 1910, p. 197. BJA 1911, pp. 198, 681. BJA 1912, pp. 218, 217, 738. BJA 1915, p. 173. BJA 1925, p. 52. Reflex & Press Cameras, 1938. Reflex Cameras, 1927.

Further Information:
Holliday, Thornton-Pickard Cameras & Equipment.

Christie's Cat. 9/11/1989. Similar camera but having a full length brass plate under the shutter winding knob.

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