Meagher Improved Kinnear - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Improved Kinnear


P. Meagher



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f10, Dallmeyer Triple Achromat, Waterhouse stops. Sold by Watson. Serial no. 9114 (1865).

Spanish mahogany with brass binding and brass fittings, red leather bellows. Dovetail joints.

8" x 5" wet-collodion plates held in slides.

Bellows double extension. Focusing by worm screw which moves the inner frame carrying the front standard. Two positions for rear standard.

Tripod socket.

Swing back. Rising front.

Address on camera: Meagher. Farringdon Road. London. (1864 - 1865).


  • Waterhouse stops in Dallmeyer pouch, one is stamped with the serial number of the lens, two have 'x' and the other '3' stamped on them.
  • 1 wet-plate dark-slide with wire corners and trough. 3 double dark-slides (1 - 6). Focusing screen. Case.

Kinnear's design of 1857 relates to a camera with tapered bellows, which allowed the camera to fold up into a smaller space than square bellows.

Many of the better known manufacturers introduced 'Improved' models in the early 1860s. The baseboard is detachable from the body, when not in use the baseboard fits onto the camera body resting on the front standard and forms a lid. The folded camera takes up little space and was ideal for field work. This model by Meagher has a swing back.

This example has two focusing positions. One has the swing back arrangement and is for use with a lens having a back focus of around 8 ", the second position is nearer the lens. The lens is short for the 8" x 5" plate and focus cannot be pulled at the 'swing back' position. At the second position focus can be pulled, the range being infinity - 3 feet. The plate covered for landscape work would be 6" x 5".

References & Notes:
Copeland Cat. 1885, p. 18. Cox, Cat. 1873, p. 10. Solomon Advertisement, 1863. James How/George Knight Cat. c. 1864, p. 15.

Further Information:
Photographica World no. 124 has a good article by Rob Niederman on Kinnear cameras and biographical details on C.G.H. Kinnear (d. 1894).
Information on the Wet Collodion Process.

Christie's Cat. 24/8/00 lot 334 - Ottewill & Collis. 3/10/96 lot 191 - Dallmeyer. 9/8/78 lot 338 - Dallmeyer. 18/12/96 lot 10 - Horne & Thornthwaite. 18/12/96 lot 11 - Rouch. 13/1/94 lot 262 - Meagher. 15/3/84 lot 74 - Ross. 18/8/83 lot 139 - Spicer. 19/8/82 lot 216 - Claudet & Houghton. 27/5/82 lot 311 - Bland. 13/7/72 - Newton. 21/1/76 lot 22 - Cox.

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