No 4 Folding Kodak Camera
Eastman Kodak Company
|Model / Variant:||Improved Model|
|Plate / Film Size:||4 x 5 plate or Walker rollfilm adapter|
|Lens:||Bausch & Lomb Universal|
|Shutter:||Bausch & Lomb Iris Diaphragm|
|Movements:||Rising and cross front; swing back.|
|Dimensions (w x h x l):|
|Date of this Example:||c1895|
|Serial Number:||Serial number 8448 stamped onto the top of the rollholder and the inner frame of the camera body.|
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Satchel style No 4 Folding Kodak camera in fair condition. The lid has separated from the base (a common problem as the top hinge is formed by the leather covering itself and tends to fail through use and wear). The retaining stay for the lid is present still but a little bent.
This example of the No 4 Folding Kodak is complete with its original matching rollholder. This is the later Improved model that was introduced in 1893.
The shutter does not seem to be working, but is otherwise in good order. There are a lot of scuffs and marks on the leather and some chips out of the wooden baseboard. The bellows are in very good condition.
The Folding Kodak satchel models were made in three distinct sizes: the No 4 for pictures 4 x 5, the No 5 for pictures 5 x 7 and finally the No 6 for pictures 6½ x 8½. The No 4 and No 5 are both quite hard to find; the No 6 is scarce as it was made in much smaller numbers. I have seen only a few examples and none in the UK.
The photograph below shows the No 4 (Improved) Folding Kodak alongside the slightly larger No 5 Folding Kodak.