Antique & Vintage Photographic Equipment

Cameo Plate Camera

W. Butcher & Co.

Name: Cameo
Manufacturer: W. Butcher & Co.
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Construction: A leather covered metal bodied plate camera.
Production Period: c1900 - 1915?

The Cameo was a name used for a long series of folding plate cameras that were marketed by Butchers, early versions of which were imported from Germany.

Model / Variant:  
Plate / Film Size: plate
Lens: Unknown
Shutter: Unmarked, but simple T, B & I.
Movements:  
Dimensions (w x h x l):  
Date of this Example: c1910?
Serial Number: No obvious serial numbers or other unique markings.
Availability:
  • Common [x]
  • Uncommon [ ]
  • Hard to Find [ ]
  • Scarce [ ]
Inventory Number: 71

Description

Plate camera of uncertain origin, but almost certain to have been made in Germany and imported under the Cameo name by Butcher.

The only marking is the name CAMEO on the focusing scale. Otherwise there are no obvious markings, though the fittings are certainly similar to other Butcher cameras of the period.

The camera has maroon bellows, and aluminium bed and wooden body.  It includes an interesting reversible ground glass screen with one side marked for plates and the other for films.

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Model / Variant: No. 0 Cameo
Plate / Film Size: plate
Lens: Unknown
Shutter: Unknown
Movements:  
Dimensions (w x h x l):  
Date of this Example: ?
Serial Number: No obvious serial numbers or other unique markings.
Availability:
  • Common [x]
  • Uncommon [ ]
  • Hard to Find [ ]
  • Scarce [ ]
Inventory Number: 16

Description

This is a much later version of the Cameo, which came with its original sales carton (albeit in rather grubby condition).  This identifies the camera as a No. 0 Cameo.

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Notes for Collectors

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