R. Hüttig & Sohn, A. G.
|Manufacturer:||R. Hüttig & Sohn, A.G.|
|Country of Origin:||Germany|
|Construction:||Self-erecting rollfilm camera of metal construction.|
|Production Period:||? - 1909|
|Plate / Film Size:||3¼ x 4¼" rollfilm|
|Dimensions (w x h x l):|
|Date of this Example:||c1907|
|Serial Number:||Serial 69016 inside the back.|
The initial identification of this camera was established from a description and picture in the Zeiss Ikon book by Tubbs [6, p11], which shows a later model. This one has twin finders that are very similar to those fitted to the Atom plate camera.
Another unusual feature is that the lens is focused by means of a lever that then turns the lens on a helical thread to focus.
The camera carries the 'Carbine' name on a badge on the side, indicating that it was sold by Butcher. It is also marked with the 5 pointed star (as used by Ica later).
The identity and date was confirmed by Dietar Scheiba, a German camera expert. His reply reads ...
"the [camera is] a Hüttig Lloyd-Cupido. But I can't find in any of my catalogs a Lloyd-Cupido with twin finders - the same one as on the Atom. The 'Cupido' cameras are self-erecting. David's camera has a helical focusing lens, this means 1907 or slightly earlier, because in 1907 Hüttig changed over to focusing on a baseboard rack with a radial lever. The 5 pointed star was the original Hüttig trademark, it was just taken over when several companies merged in October 1909 to form the new ICA company."
See also the later Ica version of this camera.
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