Junior Special Ruby - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Junior Special Ruby


Thornton-Pickard Manufacturing Co.



Image of Junior Special Ruby

f4.5, 6" Ross Anastigmat, iris diaphragm to f32. Serial no. 106580 (c. 1924).

Ruby. Focal-plane, speeds 1/10 - 1/1000, T. Self-capping. Variable slit width to regulate exposure.

Leather covered mahogany body, leather bellows.

3 " x 4 " plates held in single metal slides.

Bellows to 28".

Reflex viewing through taking lens. Full-size ground glass screen.
The mirror is raised by finger pressure it does not trip and falls back when pressure is removed. It is not held in the lowered position.
Reversing back.

Rising front.

Two of the slides have the number 14513 on them.

3 single metal slides by T-P (2, 4, 6) with 2 cut film holders and film.

Although there is no name or markings on the camera it is a Junior Special Ruby possibly made for a retailer to sell under another name. The Junior model was brought out in 1924 as a cheaper model in the T-P range. It remained on sale throughout the 1930s.

When introduced a reversing back was fitted, around 1926 this was replaced by a revolving back. Other modifications at around this time were a raised square plate carrying the shutter tensioning knob. A pivoting catch was added to lock the release lever.

By c. 1930 the draw slide, when removed, fitted in a slot in the front of the focusing hood. A swing front was offered at extra cost around 1935.

Sizes available were: 3 " x 2 "; 3 " x 4 "; 4" x 5" and 9 x 12 cm. A large number of lenses was available up to an aperture of f2.5.

References & Notes:
Ruby shutter. BP 6238/1912. BJA 1925, pp. 52, 360. BJA 1926, p. 310. BJA 1927, p. 359. Minit&Cine, 1938. Reflex & Press Cameras, 1938, p. 6. Reflex & Press Cameras, c. 1935, p. 12. Reflex Cameras, 1927, p. 14. Reflex Cameras, c. 1932, p. 3.

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