Antique & Vintage Photographic Equipment

No 2 Falcon Kodak box camera

Eastman Kodak Company

Name: No 2 Falcon Kodak box camera
Manufacturer: Eastman Kodak Co.
Country of Origin: USA
Construction: Leather covered wooden casing of relatively simple construction. Top and sides lift off to provide access to the film.
The Improved version had back and sides that are released as a one piece hinged panel (the leather covering forms the hinge).
Single circular reflecting viewfinder.
Production Period: 1897 - 1899

The No 2 Falcon camera went through several design changes, the most significant leading to it be renamed the Improved No 2 Falcon Kodak in 1899. This in turn was updated and re-badged as the No 2 Flexo Kodak camera in 1899.

Film: 101 rollfilm (3">" x 3")
Lens: Achromatic
Shutter: Rotary
Dimensions (w x h x l):  
Date of this Example: c1898
Serial Number: Serial 10818 on the brass tab that releases the two halves of the camera.
Availability:
  • Common [ ]
  • Uncommon [ ]
  • Hard to Find [x]
  • Scarce [ ]
Inventory Number: 251

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Description

This example of the No 2 Falcon Kodak is in good condition, with all original leather covering intact. This may be a relatively early example judging from the makers marks (EKC Rochester listed, along with Eastman Photographic Materials Co London and Eastman Kodak Gesellschaft Berlin). The London company became Kodak Ltd in November 1898. Serial is 10818 from a range ending at 35,000 according to Coe.

The shutter still works. It is cocked by turning the dial on the front of the camera. Note that the shutter release has to be pulled out of the body by about 1cm in order to operate.

Original unmarked handle. Red window intact. Two wooden film spools present. Original brown leather case, which is no doubt why the body is still in such good condition.

Notes

The No 2 Falcon camera is not that common and few examples are likely to be seen outside the US unless in collectors hands.