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Production date
1870-1910
Country
England
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Description
Thornton Pickard "Imperial Perfecta" field camera with black leather bellows and a dove tailed wood case, with brass fittings. Shutter release cable has metal handle, with rope cover. A small section has been repaired with leather, hand-sewn together. There is another cable that hangs from the shutter with a metal ring and orange tassel. The camera runs on a monorail with adjustable winding mechanism to allow for different focal lengths. The ground glass viewing plate is attached to the back of the unit with brass hinges. The whole device folds up and has a leather carry handle. Lens is a Ross Lens Compound Homocentric, and has a velvet lined leather lens cover.
Classification
CH classification PHOTOGRAPHY Cameras Still pickard
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Measurements
Unfolded: L205 x W225 x H242 mm
Media/Materials description
Indeterminate (Woods)
Brass (Metals - Non-Ferrous)
Indeterminate Textile (Textiles)
Signature/Marks
TIME & INST \ PATENT \ THORNTON \ PICKARD
7 IN COMPOUND HOMOCENTRIC 1:6:8 \ No. 74728 ROSS, LONDON
History and use
Thornton and Pickard were a Manchester based company that initially focussed on shutter production and then moved into making quality cameras. The ‘Imperial Perfecta’ camera was one of their field cameras. It had an improved ‘triple extension’ on previous models that had been created at the turn of the century and was produced from1907 to 1908, and then followed by more updated models.
This camera belonged to Mr Owen Cook, who purchased it from Mr E. E. Farmer from Rockhampton in the 1930s. At the turn of the century Mr Farmer was an avid photographer in the Rockhampton region, and recorded many community moments in the region with his photographs.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
Registration number
H23494.5

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