Antique & Vintage Photographic Equipment

Folding Hawk-Eye 5 x 7 Camera

Blair Camera Company

Name: Folding Hawk-Eye 5 x 7
Manufacturer: Blair Camera Co.
Country of Origin: USA
Construction: Leather covered wooden box camera for rollfilm (25 exposures) or plates. Concealed buttons provide access through hidden doors to load the film or plateholders. Refer to the description below.
Production Period:  


Model / Variant: Model 2
Plate / Film Size: 5 x 7 plate or roll holder
Lens: Unmarked, save patent date of Dec 9 1890
Shutter: Bausch & Lomb (serial 7742
Dimensions (w x h x l):  
Date of this Example: c1895
Serial Number: Serial 116 on inside of plate chamber (LH wall). Serial 7742 on shutter assembly itself.
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Inventory Number: 292


Cube shaped camera when closed. Two part casing, joined with sprung metal finger sections, held in place with screw fixings, all of which are present. The fixings are plain nickel plated.

This example is in good condition, with the leather only scuffed and marked through use.

The company name is shown on the focussing scale. Marker on side of lens standard has two pointers, one for plate and one for film. Black ebonised lens standard and large viewfinder. The ground glass screen is still intact.

Printed on one side is the instruction "When focussing to use Roll holder insert the frame with this side toward the lens". One DDS also present. Typical Blair hinges on top door. Internal surfaces are all leather lined too (and also in good condition).

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