Antique & Vintage Photographic Equipment

Ensignette No 2 R.R.

Houghtons Limited

Name: Ensignette No 2 R.R.
Manufacturer: Houghtons Ltd.
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Construction: Bedless strut camera.  Later pattern with aluminium body and nickel-plated fittings.
Production Period:  


Plate / Film Size: 2" x 3" rollfilm (e.g. Ensign E29)
Lens: Rapid Rectilinear, f8
Shutter: 3 speed (1/20 - 1/60), B & T
Movements: None
Dimensions (w x h x l):  
Date of this Example: c1920
Serial Number: Serial 4656 inside back around film window and repeated in pen on underside of box.
  • Common [ ]
  • Uncommon [ ]
  • Hard to Find [x]
  • Scarce [ ]
Inventory Number: 512

Image of Houghtons Ensignette No 2 RR Camera


The Ensignette No 2 R.R. camera has an aluminium body, with smooth enamel finish. This example is in good condition overall, with minimal damage to front enamelled surface.

Image of Houghtons Ensignette No 2 RR Camera

The camera came in a slip case, which it is difficult to extract the camera from without scratching the dome surfaces. It also retains the original dark red hinged box with "Ensignette" across the lid in scrolled white writing, although this has suffered a fair bit of wear and tear.

Image of Houghtons Ensignette No 2 RR Camera with box, case and instructions

The box also contains the original instructions for using "Ensignette" cameras. The instructions cover both the No 1 and No 2 models, but mention the R.R. (Rapid Rectilinear) variants of both models. A picture within the booklet shows that it was produced for the aluminium version as it clearly shows the raised domes, as shown below. However, there is no date evident in the booklet itself.

Image of page within Ensignette No 2 instruction booklet


This variant is not one I have come across elsewhere and is certainly less common than the De Luxe models.

Refer also to the page describing the basic Ensignette No 2 model.