Antique & Vintage Photographic Equipment

Duo-Ensign 2¼B

Houghton-Butcher Manufacturing Co Ltd.

Name / Model: Duo-Ensign 2¼B
Manufacturer: Houghton-Butcher Manufacturing Co Ltd.
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Construction: Wooden bodied box camera, covered in imitation leather, with metal edging. Rear loading.
Production Period: Not known


Plate / Film Size: 2¼B (E20) rollfilm
Lens: Not known
Shutter: Simple T & I
Movements: None
Dimensions (w x h x l): TBC
Date of this Example: c1930
Serial Number: None
  • Common [ ]
  • Uncommon [x]
  • Hard to Find [ ]
  • Scarce [ ]
Inventory Number: 57

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Metal surround on face plate, on an otherwise wooden body. Metal frame finder (bent out of shape) and an unusual film window cover on the rear. A pull-up lever sets a close up lens in front into position for portraits.


This camera was also available in a number of colours (blue and red), which are considered more desirable by collectors.