Ruby de Luxe Reflex - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Ruby de Luxe Reflex

1927 model

Thornton-Pickard Manufacturing Co.



Image of Ruby de Luxe Reflex 1927 model

f3.5, 6" Dallmeyer Press, iris diaphragm to f22. The lens is not original. Serial no. 142190 .

Ruby. Focal-plane, speeds 1/10 - 1/1000, T. Self-capping. Universal Speed Control, this allows the shutter speed to be altered after tensioning. Auto Stop, this allows the shutter to be tensioned to the previous setting i.e. the previous exposure setting is repeated.

Morocco leather covered mahogany body, leather bellows and hood.

3 " x 4 " plates held in dark-slides.


Reflex viewing through taking lens. Full-size ground glass screen.
Revolving back. Removable lens box.

Rising front.

The earlier Ruby Reflex was renamed Ruby De Luxe around 1922. In 1925 'Speed' models were introduced with f2.5 and f3.5 lenses. 1927 saw the introduction of the Universal Speed Control, this allowed slower speeds to be selected after the shutter had been tensioned, previously the shutter had to be released and reset. A pocket in the focusing hood to hold the draw-slide was included in 1930. In 1932 a two-way swing front was added, metal girders connected the front standard to the body rather than the wooden base previously used.

A wide range of lenses was listed. A time valve could be fitted giving shutter speeds down to 3 seconds. The position of the lens-box retaining clamp differs between early and late examples.

References & Notes:
Ruby shutter. BP 6238/1912. Thornton-Pickard catalogues: 1927, c. 1932, c. 1935.

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

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