No. 6 Watch Pocket Carbine - Antique and Vintage Cameras

No. 6 Watch Pocket Carbine

Tropical Model


W. Butcher & Sons Ltd



Image of No. 6 Watch Pocket Carbine Tropical Model

f6.3, 4.25" Aldis-Butcher Anastigmat, iris diaphragm to f32.

Dial-set Compur, speeds 1 - 1/250, B, T.

Metal body, brown Russia leather bellows.

2 " x 3 " exposures on C20 (120) roll-film.

Bellows to 5 feet. Single extension.

Brilliant view-finder. Frame finder.
Film advance indicated by red window. Not coupled to shutter.

The body carries the Houghton-Butcher Manufacturing Co. name. The name plaque has "Butcher's No. 6 Watch Pocket Carbine". Inside the camera is a printed label urging the use of C20 or E20 film. Probably made just prior to the full Houghton-Butcher merger.

Rising front.

Serial Number:
D4098 .

Sold by Robinson & Co., Singapore.

The tropical version of the Carbine dates back to around 1922 when Butcher advertised a tropical version of the No. 6 (for 2 " x 3 " images). This was finished in black crystalline paint with Russia leather bellows.

By 1925 the finish was the familiar oxidised brass. This model had a choice of a 3 speed shutter or a Compur both with an Aldis lens.

In 1926 the No. 12 Watch Pocket Carbine (2 " x 4 ") was added, this had teak side panels with a brass front shell and back. Ross and Zeiss lenses were available for both sizes (No. 6 and No. 12). The finish at this point was described as 'copper oxidised Florentine bronze'.

In 1927 the No. 4 was added, this was a cheaper version of the No. 6 and was fitted with a 3 speed shutter. The No. 6 continued with a Compur shutter as did the No. 12.

By 1930 the No. 6 was designated No. 7. The other two models remaining as before. The No. 7 survived until the late 1930s (renamed Tropical-Ensign-20 around 1936). The other two models ceased in the early 1930s. The No. 6 model (and No. 7) was available with a plate back to which could be fitted single metal slides, film pack adapters and a focusing screen.

Rim-set rather than dial-set Compur shutters were fitted to late examples.

References & Notes:
BJA 1923, p. 53. BJA 1926, p. 122. BJA 1927, pp. 117, 321. BJA 1928, pp. 125, 334. Ensign Cat. 1931, p. 16. Ensign Cat. 1934, p. 21. Ensign Cat. 1936, p. 28. Ensign Cat. 1937, p. 29. Butcher's British Cameras, 1924, pp. 16, 19.

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Butcher & Son

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