Una De luxe - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Una De luxe No. 2

James A. Sinclair & Co. Ltd

London

England

Image of Una De luxe No. 2

Lens:
f6.5, 6 " Ross-Zeiss Patent, iris diaphragm to f45. Combinable lens of two f12.5, 11 " groups, iris diaphragm to f64. Serial no. 18004 18005 (c.1915).

Shutter:
N&S Accurate, three-blade diaphragm type, spring powered, pneumatic regulation, speeds - 1/2, 1/4, 1/5, 1/9, 1/20, 1/35, 1/90, T setting by short pressure when set to 1/2. Serial no. 130.

Construction:
Brown stitched hide covered mahogany body with brass fittings, black leather bellows with diagonal corners, brown focusing hood.

Format:
4" x 5" plates held in double dark-slides.

Focusing:
Bellows to 2 feet with combined lens, scale to 2 yards. To 6 feet with single group, scale to 4 yards. Triple extension. Rack and pinion focusing movement on front and rear standard. Catch to lock triple slide at infinity setting for single lens.

Attributes:
Reflecting view-finder with rising front calibration. Outlines for combined and single lens. 'T' spirit level marked T.T.H. Removable hood on focusing screen. Revolving back. Depth-of-field scale for combined lens. Rising front flap on body for wide-angle work.

Movements:
Rising front, tilting front.

Notes:
Address on camera: James A. Sinclair & Co Ltd. 3 Whitehall. London S.W.1.
The shutter would have been calibrated by the National Physical Laboratory at Kew, it is engraved with an NPL serial number of 10977.

With:
3 double dark-slides (1 - 6). Tropical film pack adapter. Sinclair lens hood.

Una De luxe No. 2

Tropical Finish

James A. Sinclair & Co. Ltd

London

England

Image of Una De luxe No. 2

Lens:
f6.3, 11" Ross-Zeiss Protar, iris diaphragm to f64. Combinable lens of two f12.5, 19 " groups. Serial no. 17679 .

Shutter:
Compound, speeds 1 - 1/110, B, T. Shutter speeds - 1, 5/9, 1/3, 1/7, 1/13, 1/70, 1/110.

Construction:
Polished Spanish mahogany with brass binding and fittings, black leather bellows with square corners, brown focusing hood.

Format:
6 " x 8 " plates held in double dark-slides.

Focusing:
Bellows to 1 yard with combined lens, scale to 2 yards. To 3 yards with front group, scale to 4 yards. Double extension. Rack and pinion focusing movement on front and rear standard.

Attributes:
Reflecting view-finder. 'T' spirit level. Removable hood on focusing screen. Revolving back. Depth-of-field scale. Rising front flap on body for wide-angle work.

Movements:
Rising front, tilting front.

Notes:
Address on camera: James A. Sinclair & Co Ltd. 3 Whitehall. London S.W.1.
The shutter would have been calibrated by the National Physical Laboratory at Kew. Ex. Barron collection.

With:
6 double dark-slides (1 - 12). Sinclair collapsible lens hood. Focusing cloth. Two Sinclair cases.

This is an unusual model of the Una, it is based on the De Luxe model and fitted with rack and pinion to the rear body of the camera but is only double extension. The size is 6 " x 8 " which is not an advertised size. The camera was probably produced around 1913. The name plaque, carrying the Whitehall address, would have been added when the camera was sold second-hand or serviced. The great size of the camera makes it difficult to use as a hand camera.

Una De luxe No. 2

Model of c.1909

James A. Sinclair & Co. Ltd

London

England

Image of Una De luxe No. 2

Lens:
f6.3, 13 cm Zeiss Tessar, iris diaphragm to f32. Serial no. 247533 (c.1913).

Shutter:
Dial-set Compur, speeds 1 - 1/250, B, T. Serial no. 320522.

Construction:
Black stitched hide covering on mahogany body, leather bellows.

Format:
3 " x 4 " plates held in double dark-slides.

Focusing:
Bellows. Triple extension. Focusing on front and rear standards.

Attributes:
Spirit level. Revolving back. Removable hood on focusing screen. Rising front flap on body for wide-angle work.

Identification:
Arc guide to tilting front. Peg operated falling front.

Movements:
Rising front, tilting front.

Notes:
Address on camera: The Una Camera. James A. Sinclair & Co Ltd. 54 Haymarket. London S.W.

With:
Hooded focusing screen. 8 double dark-slides, (1 - 12, 3/4, 9/10). Focusing cloth. Fitted canvas case. Cable release.

The Una was introduced in 1904. It was then a high class 'Hand and Stand' camera similar to the popular Sanderson. In 1906 the Una De luxe was introduced, this had a rear as well as front focusing rack, triple extension and swing front. These refinements were not present on the standard model at the time. The front standard was held rigid by a pair of struts rather than the solid curved fork on the Standard Una. A reversing back was fitted to these early models.

The Una De luxe was intended for telephoto work, wide-angle lenses and for studio work where the rear focusing rack would have been an advantage. It was available in three finishes: brown stitched hide and brass fittings; black stitched hide and ebonised wood; polished mahogany and brass fittings. The last was more or less a tropical camera and may have been introduced a year or two after the others.

About a year later (1907) a Una De luxe No. 1 was introduced, this was a Standard model but finished in stitched hide, either black or brown, the original De luxe was renamed De luxe No. 2.

In 1909 the Una were altered slightly, the Standard acquired a revolving back and swing front controlled by an arc shaped guide on the front standard. The De luxe models also acquired these features along with the normal Una shaped front standard. The polished model was now listed as being made in teak. Until this time the De luxe was available in quarter-plate, 5" x 4", half-plate and 7" x 5" sizes. In about 1911 a postcard size was added. The camera was listed just after WW1 (also by then in 3 " x 2 "), but from c.1920 it was dropped from the price list.

The price was 8.0.0 in 1909 for a quarter-plate without a lens. Any suitable lens could be fitted. Before the war the top-quality Zeiss, Goerz, or Ross lenses in a Compound shutter would have been usual.

A penciled note with this quarter-plate example shows that it was still in use in 1943.

References & Notes:
Una models and references. N&S shutter. BP 13820/1912 (Accurate shutter). BJA 1907, p. 1284. BJA 1908, p. 1062. BJA 1910, p. 996. BJA 1912, p. 1004. BJA 1919, p. 448. Sinclair Cat. 1910, p. 9.

Illustrations:
A brown leather Una De luxe with an early front standard is illustrated in the 1979 Vintage cat. A brown leather Una De luxe with a built-in focal-plane shutter and unusual front standard is in Christie's Cat. 26/11/81, lot 74.


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