Miscellaneous - Antique and Vintage Cameras


c. 1913

Image of Photo-Compass

This was used to find the best time to photograph a scene, the instrument was pointed towards the subject the compass needle then pointed to an hour of the day when the sun would be directly behind the photographer, presumably the photographer would then make adjustments depending on the type of shadows required. It is similar to a model made under the Decoudun name around 1890. Sold in the UK by F.G. Phillips.

References & Notes:
BJA 1914, p. 730.

Selo Safety Cover

c. 1935

Ilford Ltd



Image of Selo Safety Cover

This is a plastic flap which sticks over the red-window of roll-film cameras when using the fast Selo orthochromatic films.

Focusing Screen

W. Butcher & Sons Ltd



Two, postcard screens in packets.

These were sold as focusing screens for cameras or for giving a matt finish when drying prints.

Lens Cleaning Kit


J.H. Dallmeyer Ltd



Image of Lens Cleaning Kit

Consists of: bottle of cleaning fluid, brush, leather pad, linen cloth.

References & Notes:
AP 17/12/1930. Phot. Journal 1/1931, p. 47.

Plate Carrying Box

Image of Plate Carrying Box

Three boxes for four whole-plates. Polished mahogany, screwed joints, brass handles.

These are for carrying undeveloped plates when on expeditions. Primarily intended for use in the tropics they were an alternative to packing the exposed plates in their cardboard boxes. On this example there is a double lid to keep the plates light-tight and air-tight.

References & Notes:
Copeland cat. p. 28.

Amateur Photographer Lens Testing Chart

Iliffe & Sons Ltd.

Designed by A.L.M. Sowerby, shows 4 - 48 lines per mm.

Instructions, envelope.

Primus Exposure Tablet

c. 1896

W. Butcher & Sons Ltd



Image of Primus Exposure Tablet

For recording subject and exposure details. Each card has space for 12 exposures. Cards and box only.

References & Notes:
PA 1897, p. xxi.


c. 1952



West Germany

Small carrying case for a camera and small accessories. The two camera grips can move horizontally, the accessory grips can be moved vertically and horizontally. Early 1950s.




West Germany

Carrying case with fittings for a Contax IIa or IIIa camera, lenses and accessories. Early 1950s.

Omnica were one of the best camera cases of the early post-war era. They were made for either a particular camera (e.g. Leica, Contax) with a fixed layout or in a 'universal' design for non-specific cameras, these had movable fittings and clamps.

The interior of early cases was finished in suede later fabric was used. The exterior leather was smoother on early models later a heavily grained leather was used. Filters were held by either clips or elastic strips.

Empire Lineometer

Hunter-Penrose Ltd.



Image of Empire Lineometer

For 50 to 200 lines per inch.

A device to measure the rulings of half-tone prints. The Lineometer is placed over the print and revolved, at one place along the scale symmetrical moire patterns will be seen. Designed by M.J. Servais.

References & Notes:
Ilford Manual of Process Work, 5th ed. 1951, p. 161.

Camera Accessories

Lens - Filters

  - Supplementary

  - Attachments

  - Prisms & Mirrors

  - Hoods

View-finders, View-meters

Rangefinders, Distance Meters

Reflex Finders

Focusing Magnifiers

Delayed-Action, Self-Timers


Tripods and Stands

Flash Equipment


Close Up - Stands

  - Framing & Focusing

  - Bellows & Tubes

  - Lenses

  - Meters & Calculation

  - Microscope Attachment



Film Format Adapters

Film Handling