Sybil Plate Camera
Newman & Guardia
|Name:||Sybil Plate Camera|
|Type:||Folding Plate Camera|
|Manufacturer:||Newman & Guardia Ltd|
|Country of Origin:||United Kingdom|
|Construction:||Folding bed plate camera, fitted with trellis style side struts to support the lens standard (as with other Sybil models).|
|Production Period:||1906 - 1913 (when a new range was introduced)|
|Plate / Film Size:||2½" x 3½" plate / filmpack|
|Lens:||Cooke Series III 4 1/4 inch f4.5|
|Shutter:||N & G patent shutter|
|Movements:||Rising front, cross front|
|Dimensions (w x h x l):|
|Date of this Example:||c1913|
|Serial Number:||Serial 792 stamped onto base and focus slider along with patent number & dates. Lens serial number is 31522.|
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The Sybil plate camera for pictures that are 2½" x 3½", using plate / filmpack model. The camera was built in the period 1906 - 1913. However it is a well used example, with some damage (caused in part by poor packing when the top curved edge was caved in locking the front shut. While I have managed to restore it to something like its original shape, nonetheless the damage still shows to some extent.
The leather covering is also showing wear with edging having come away on the front door and the open edge of the case.
The shutter does not appear to operate as it should. There is a screw hole at the middle left to the shutter that looks as though something such as a lever of some form should be there. However I have not yet found a useful photograph to compare against to establish quite what is missing.
The camera has been held in a small leather case which has therefore protected the outer leather on the camera to some degree. It came with another case with 5 holders, which I suspect are for cut film rather than plates. There is also a film pack case, although both show "Brevette" stamped into the metal, which suggests they are French accessories.
The camera retains its ground glass screen, carrier and original leather slip case.
The date range based on information on serial data from the Early Photography web site. This example of the Sibyl has a late serial number for this pattern, fitted with a TTH lens and looks to be c1913 with the lens made a year or so earlier (not unusual).
The plate version of the Sybil turns up more often than other models although the very early versions (c1906), with plain aluminium standard, are very scarce.