Antique & Vintage Photographic Equipment

Mawson & Swan Field Camera

Mawson and Swan

Name: Unnamed Field Camera
Type: Field Camera
Manufacturer: Mawson & Swan
Country of Origin: United Kingdom (Newcastle)
Construction: Field camera of conventional construction of mahogany and brass, but with the addition of extensive brass binding to the principal joints.
Production Period: Unknown


Plate / Film Size: ½ plate
Lens: Unmarked f8 with leather lens cap
Shutter: None.
Movements: Rising front
Dimensions (w x h x l):  
Date of this Example: c1895
Serial Number: Serial number 5189 on lower edge of back and repeated on all three DDS. Lens is unmarked.
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Inventory Number: 526

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This unnamed field camera by Mawson & Swan of Newcastle is a beautifully made brass bound mahogany field camera that carries a clear makers plate below the removable lens board.

The camera has brass binding to the underside of the baseboard, the top face of the extending base section, the lens panel lower corners, the four corners of the back and around the ground glass screen. Much of the original lacquer remains, with very few signs of wear and tear.; The baseboard is fitted with a lockable rotating tripod base.

The lens standard clips onto the front edge of the double extension baseboard using screws that locate into keyhole slots, with a single side brace to hold it rigid when in position. It has a rising front.

The bellows are square cornered black double extension and are in very good condition.

Overall the camera looks as though it has been rarely used. It came with three matching DDS (serial number stamped into one edge), two of which are in soft cloth bags. Original leather handle. The camera came in a canvas case, which has seen better days!