Antique & Vintage Photographic Equipment

Purma Special

R. F. Hunter

Name: Purma Special
Manufacturer: R. F. Hunter
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Construction: Bakelite camera with unusual three speed shutter, where the speed is set by the orientation of the camera.
Production Period: 1937 - ?


Plate / Film Size: 127 rollfilm (12 pictures, 1½" x 1½")
Lens: Fixed focus f6.3 Beck lens
Shutter: Three speed metal focal plan shutter, controlled by gravity
Movements: None
Dimensions (w x h x l):  
Date of this Example: c1937
Serial Number: None found
  • Common [x]
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  • Hard to Find [ ]
  • Scarce [ ]
Inventory Number: 237

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Body of the camera is moulded in bakelite. The camera retains its original lens cover, which is needed to make the lens retract in its sprung telescopic mount.

Shutter is still operational on all three speeds.

The camera carries patent dates for 1934 & 1935 inside the back. Bakelite is a little worn, which is most noticeable on the top & bottom surfaces.

Original Ever Ready case in brown leather (worn, but sound).


The camera is comparatively common and from time to time, examples turn up with original packaging and/or groups of accessories such as sets of supplementary lenses, which were available for close-up photography as the lens cannot be focussed.