Antique & Vintage Photographic Equipment

The "Briton" Falling Plate Camera

Houghtons Limited

Name: The "Briton" Falling Plate Camera
Manufacturer: Houghtons Ltd.
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Construction: Conventional form of falling plate camera with leather covered wooden body and rear opening to provide access to the sheaths holding the plates.
Production Period:  


Variant: No 1 (6 plates only)
Plate / Film Size: 3½ x 2½ plates
Lens: Simple (unknown) lens with rotating stops and two swing-in magnifiers for near focussing
Shutter: Simple T & I shutter
Movements: None
Dimensions (w x h x l):  
Date of this Example: c1905?
Serial Number: None
  • Common [ ]
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  • Scarce [ ]
Inventory Number: 187

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Conventional pattern falling plate camera, but for 3½ x 2½ size plates rather than the more common ¼ plate format.

The camera came complete with 6 plate sheaths with plates still loaded. There are no obvious markings on the camera at all apart from the round name plate, which reads "THE BRITON | London Make". There is an additional plate on the front with "Patented", which is shaped like many of the Houghton labels. The viewfinder windows are also right for it to be a Houghton camera. It is listed by name under Houghton in McKeown [1].