Antique & Vintage Photographic Equipment

The Service Camera

London Stereoscopic Company

Name: The "Service" Camera
Manufacturer: London Stereoscopic Company
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Construction: Horizontal format rollfilm camera. Leather covered wooden frame; bright nickel plated fittings.
Production Period: Unknown


Plate / Film Size: ½ plate and 126 rollfilm
Lens: Goerz Doppel-Anastigmat 180mm Series III/2 No. 121334
Shutter: German Compound shutter
Movements: TBD
Dimensions (w x h x l):  
Date of this Example: c1910
Serial Number: None on the camera. Serial 121334 on the lens.
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Inventory Number: 476

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The Service Camera is a large horizontal leather covered folding camera for plate or rollfilm, which bears a plate on the rear naming the camera and citing the manufacturer as "London Stereoscopic Co, 106 & 108 Regent St London W, British Manufacture". Channing & Dunn [2] identify this address as being relevant between 1895 and 1913.

The camera has a leather covered wood body, with black ebonised baseboard and chrome reinforcement brackets on the joints. Black ebonised lens standard and yet more chrome. All the internal wood and chrome is in very good order.

Black (double extension) bellows in heavy leather that remain in good order. Shutter still fires; lens appears clean. Rising and cross front.

German compound shutter with Goerz Doppel Anastigmat lens.

The Service Camera takes large format rollfilm and ½ plates (no plate holders with camera). The rollfilm could be 126, as used by the No 4A Pocket Kodak, introduced on 1906.


The Service Camera is the same basic form as used for the much more expensive and sought after teak bodied Kings Own Tropical camera.