Antique & Vintage Photographic Equipment

3¼A Folding Ensign

Houghtons Limited

Name: 3¼A Folding Ensign
Manufacturer: Houghtons Ltd.
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Production Period:  


Model / Variant: No 35 Ensign
Plate / Film Size: Ensign 3¼A rollfilm
Lens: Unknown f/11
Shutter: Single valve pneumatic shutter (1/200, 1/50, 1/25, B & T)
Movements: None
Dimensions (w x h x l):  
Date of this Example: c1910?
Serial Number: No obvious serial on the camera or lens/shutter assembly.
  • Common [ ]
  • Uncommon [ ]
  • Hard to Find [x]
  • Scarce [ ]
Inventory Number: 265

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The 3¼A Folding Ensign (or No 35 Ensign) is a large square form folding camera of horizontal format for post card size prints. This appears to be an early Houghtons model, with a wooden lens standard, simple lens and shutter (bearing the HL monogram) and early style metal fittings (e.g. fixings for the carry handle).

The cameras has an unusual style of support stand, which rotates into place.

The camera carries the distinctive Houghtons roundel on the longer face and another roundel bearing the name "No 35 Ensign" beneath the carry strap.

The leather over the release button has worn through and the release button itself does not return to position when pushed.