No 3 Folding Pocket Kodak DeLuxe Camera
Eastman Kodak Company
|Name:||No 3 Folding Pocket Kodak DeLuxe|
|Manufacturer:||Eastman Kodak Co.|
|Country of Origin:||USA|
|Construction:||This is essentially a No 3 Folding Pocket Kodak but finished to a much higher quality with Persian Morocco covering, brown silk bellows and a silver nameplate.|
|Production Period:||1901 - 1903 (US), but refer to Notes below|
|Plate / Film Size:||118 rollfilm (3¼" x 4¼")|
|Lens:||Bausch & Lomb Plastigmat f6.8|
|Shutter:||Volute (3 - 1/150, B, T)|
|Dimensions (w x h x l):|
|Date of this Example:||c1902|
(Image © David Purcell 2011)
The No 3 Folding Pocket Kodak DeLuxe camera is a very scarce variant of the No 3 FPK with superior Persian Morocco covering (brown / tan pattern), and brown silk covered bellows. The Kodak name badge at the base of the lens standard is silver, and there are
This example is fitted with a stunning polished brass Volute shutter, rather than the standard B & L Automatic shutter, although it is still fitted with the standard B & L Plastigmat lens.
The leather covering is in exceptionally fine condition. The camera arrived in a strong hide Kodak case, though it does not have silver fittings (noted by Coe  as one of the other noticeable differences between this and a conventional model).
This is essentially a modified Model AB - the inside of the back records the model as "MODEL AB.EX".
This example was purchased in the US where it was available from 1901 to 1903. Apparently a number were exported to the UK for sale between 1906 and 1908, and I do know of two examples that have turned up in Europe.
This is a stunning camera to look at and probably the most attractive conventional folding camera that I am ever likely to have the pleasure of looking after.