Antique & Vintage Photographic Equipment

Ensign Portrait Box Camera

Houghton-Butcher Manufacturing Co Ltd.

Name: Ensign Portrait Box Camera
Manufacturer: Houghton-Butcher Manufacturing Co Ltd. and later (from 1930) by Ensign Ltd.
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Construction: Wooden bodied box camera with access from the rear, finished in black or blue leatherette, but with variations (see below)
Production Period: TBD


Model / Variant: E29 Portrait (black)
Plate / Film Size: Ensign E29 rollfilm (3" x 2")
Lens: Not known
Shutter: Simple T & I
Movements: None
Dimensions (w x h x l):  
Date of this Example: c1932
Serial Number: None
  • Common [ ]
  • Uncommon [x]
  • Hard to Find [ ]
  • Scarce [ ]
Inventory Number: 485

Image of Ensign Portrait Box Camera


Ensign E29 Portrait box camera, following the standard pattern of other E29 box cameras and in good condition. Unlike the basic (earlier) form it has a pull-out wire sports finder with an integrated supplementary lens providing the option for Portraits or Views selectable using knob beneath the lens. This version is far less common than the standard E29 boxes - perhaps it was not used as a premium camera?

Image of Ensign Portrait Box Camera


Refer also to the "Ensign E29" camera, which has a very similar format but is of simpler construction.