Antique & Vintage Photographic Equipment

Century Camera

Century Camera Company

Name: Century
Manufacturer: Century Camera Company
Country of Origin: USA
Construction: See notes below.
Production Period: Not known


Plate / Film Size: ¼ plate
Lens: Century Rapid Rectilinear, marked as 3¼ x 4¼
Shutter: Bausch & Lomb single speed, T, B & I
Movements: Rise on lens standard only
Dimensions (w x h x l):  
Date of this Example: c1905?
Serial Number: Serial 6746 stamped into inside the top face of the case
  • Common [ ]
  • Uncommon [x]
  • Hard to Find [ ]
  • Scarce [ ]
Inventory Number: 290


Neat ¼ plate camera in good condition, with maroon bellows. There is no identification on the camera itself other than 'Century'. Note the plate size, suggesting that this was made for the European market.

The camera came with its original case in rather poor condition (handle falling off & one seam split open). Includes black cloth. Three DDS supplied and one film pack adapter ("KLIK").


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Notes for Collectors

The Century range of cameras are hard to identify as they do not bear any marking other than the name, but were available in a number of models (designated by numbers such as 41, 43, 47) across a series of sizes. The Petite camera is another example.