Antique & Vintage Photographic Equipment

The "Mascot" Falling Plate Camera

Houghtons Limited

Name: The Mascot D-3 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:  


Model / Variant: D-3 (12 plates)
Plate / Film Size: ¼ plates
Lens: Rapid Rectilinear f11
Shutter: Simple T & I shutter
Movements: None
Dimensions (w x h x l):  
Date of this Example: c1910?
Serial Number: None
  • Common [ ]
  • Uncommon [x]
  • Hard to Find [ ]
  • Scarce [ ]
Inventory Number: 30

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Conventional pattern falling plate camera for ¼ plates in sheaths that are loaded into the rear of the camera.

Name is carried on strap, which does appear to be original. Round Houghton's Ensign badge on centre front of camera.

This is a rack focusing model. Very minimal wear to the leather body. Strap in good condition. Metalwork showing some signs of 'brassing', but generally good.

It has a two part rear door for removal / installing plate holders. 12 numbered plate holders came with the camera.

It is thought that this may be a late model as it has rack focussing, while early adverts show models without this feature.