Lancaster Instantograph Camera

Production date
Circa 1891
Country
England
State/Province
Birmingham

Description
Lens with built-in iris, no shutter. Wooden body, red leather bellows (insect damaged). Neg size 3" x 4". Tripod Mount and Tripod
Classification
CH classification PHOTOGRAPHY Cameras Still plate
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History and use
J. Lancaster & Son was a renowned Birmingham-based camera maker of the 1880s and 1890s, specialising in wooden view cameras and associated lenses and equipment for smaller plate cameras like this one. View cameras, also known as field cameras because of their portability, utilised a folding bellows feature that created a light-sealed space between the lens and the plate holder/viewfinder apparatus. With the addition of a backcloth to protect the plate negative from daylight, view cameras allowed photographers to work outdoors.

This particular camera is part of the Marks Collection, donated to the Queensland Museum by Dr E.N. Marks. The Marks were a prominent Brisbane family who made significant contributions to the fields of science and medicine.
Registration number
H15563.1

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