Little Nipper Camera
W. Butcher & Company
|Model / Variant:||Later Model|
|Plate / Film Size:||4.5 cm x 6 cm plates|
|Dimensions (w x h x l):||6.5 x 9.5 x 10 cms|
|Date of this Example:||c1922|
|Serial Number:||No serial number evident|
Photos copyright © 2013 David Purcell. Do not use without permission.
The Little Nipper camera is a basic box camera for single plates in special holders. The camera came complete with a full boxed set of "Little Nippers" plateholders. The camera is made of cloth covered cardboard and is very simple in construction. It is in very good condition, with very few scuffs or marks and no significant corrosion or other signs of wear.
The name "Butcher's Little Nipper" is clearly visible embossed into the front face and across the top face. Inside the back is complete with the simple plate loading instructions, which has only slight wear on one corner.
The camera was aimed at children and was supported by set of darkroom accessories (see pamphlet below). There was apparently a Little Nippers Club with an associated monthly magazine called The Little Nipper Times. I have as yet to come across a copy of the magazine.
"Little Nipper Photography - The Hobby for Boys and Girls".
The cameras turn up from time to time in varying conditions and accessories sometimes pop up. I have as yet to see the developing outfit or other accessories other than the box of plateholders that came with my example.
This is the later model which follows a similar construction to other Butcher Carbine box cameras of the period. The first model of the Little Nipper (a falling plate camera), which is quite different in construction, is comparatively scarce.