Antique & Vintage Photographic Equipment

Ensign Cadet Box Camera

Houghton-Butcher Manufacturing Co Ltd.

Name: Ensign Cadet
Manufacturer: Houghton-Butcher Manufacturing Co Ltd.
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Construction: Wooden bodied box camera, covered in imitation leather.
Production Period:  


Model / Variant: Black with leather handle (later model)
Plate / Film Size: E27 / 127 rollfilm
Lens: Achromatic
Shutter: Simple T & I
Movements: None
Dimensions (w x h x l):  
Date of this Example: c1924
Serial Number: None
  • Common [ ]
  • Uncommon [x]
  • Hard to Find [ ]
  • Scarce [ ]
Inventory Number: 451

Image of Ensign Cadet Camera and Box


Black finish box camera with ENSIGN CADET in red on black metal badge above lens and wire frame finder.

This particular example appears to be in unused condition, coming as it does with the original orange packing box. However the packaging does not appear to have been a postal item.

Image of Ensign Cadet Camera


There is also a version of this camera that is finished in brown leatherette.  Early models have a wire handle.

The photograph below shows the Ensign Cadet alongside two larger cousins: the Ensign E29 Portrait box camera and the E20 J-B Ensign.

Image of different sizes of Houghton Butcher box cameras