Challenge Magazine Camera
|Name:||Challenge Magazine Camera|
|Country of Origin:||United Kingdom|
|Construction:||Leather covered wooden frame with internal bellows.|
|Production Period:||1898 - ?|
|Plate / Film Size:||¼ plate in 12 sheaths|
|Lens:||Unknown, aperture settings of 10, 16, 22 & 32|
|Shutter:||Built-in simple T & I (variable speed)|
|Dimensions (w x h x l):|
|Date of this Example:||c1898|
|Serial Number:||"2" stamped onto inner edge of wooden support attached to inside of back, although this is likely to be an assembly or batch number.|
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The Lizars Challenge Magazine Camera is a conventional falling plate magazine camera of simple construction, but bearing the Lizars Challenge roundel on the top face beneath the strap. This example is a basic non-focussing model, of early form.
10 of the original 12 sheaths remain, which the adverts state could take both plate and film. The back incorporates an ingenious counter; a semi circular sprung brass ring with number engraved, one end of which rests on the back of the magazine pile and rotates to display a new number of sheaths remaining through a hole in the back as each drops into the bottom of the camera.
The camera came with a separate portrait attachment in a plastic box, marked "John F Griffin & Sons Ltd., Planiscope". This is a portrait lens with spring attachment that would fit over an existing fixed lens.
There are a vast number of different magazine cameras available to collectors, many of which are unmarked. A great many were sourced in Europe, notably from Germany or France. ¼ plate is by far the most common size but they do exist in other smaller and larger sizes too. I was pleased to find an example bearing a makers mark and name.