Antique & Vintage Photographic Equipment

Criterion Pocket Camera

Birmingham Photographic Co Ltd

Name: Criterion Pocket Camera
Manufacturer: Birmingham Photographic Co Ltd
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Production Period: 1896 - ?


Plate / Film Size: 2⅛" x 1⅝" plates
Lens: Unknown
Shutter: Simple flip-flop shutter (Time & Instantaneous)
Dimensions (h x l x w):  
Date of this example c1898?
Serial Number: 60 stamped into front face under shutter. 18 stamped onto inside of removable front.
  • Common [ ]
  • Uncommon [ ]
  • Hard to Find [x]
  • Scarce [ ]
Inventory Number: 300


The Criterion Pocket Camera is a neat little box camera for VP sized plates, still in its original (but extremely tatty) case, complete with 6 DDS. The camera is in very good condition with only very minor rub marks on the brown leather covering. The ground glass screen is intact and in good condition. The camera also has two conventional viewfinders.

The front of the box can be released to view the simple sector shutter. Not quite sure how this is intended to work (it appears to be complete) but shutter can be left open to view the image on the ground glass screen.

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The image below shows an advert for the Criterion Pocket Camera taken from Supplement 1, The Photographic News, March 18, 1898.

Advert for Criterion Camera


These cameras turn up from time to time (one or two a year on eBay for example) but their condition can vary significantly.