Antique & Vintage Photographic Equipment

Tailboard Camera

Stereoscopic Company

Name: Tailboard Camera
Manufacturer: Stereoscopic Company
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Construction: Standard tailboard construction as commonly used in the period.
Production Period: Unknown


Plate / Film Size: ¼ plate
Lens: London Stereoscopic Company Rapid Rectilinear
Shutter: None
Movements: None
Dimensions (w x h x l):  
Date of this Example: c1895
Serial Number: None on the camera. Serial 7501 on the lens.
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Inventory Number: 317

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Mahogany and brass ¼ plate tailboard camera, bearing a plate on the front above the lens "Stereoscopic Company, 110 & 108 Regent St". Channing & Dunn identify this address as being relevant between 1885 and 1895.

The lens is named as an "RR" (Rapid Rectilinear) with "London Stereoscopic Lens" engraved on the barrel. The lens takes waterhouse stops (not with the camera). The ground glass screen is present, but there were no dark slides.

The camera is in good order, with only one significant piece of damage to the rear section of the fold down tailboard where part of the wooden 'track' has broken. The brasswork is heavily tarnished.