Antique & Vintage Photographic Equipment

Trellis Camera

Newman & Guardia

Name: Trellis Camera
Type: Hand & Stand Camera
Manufacturer: Newman & Guardia Ltd
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Construction: Solidly built hand & stand camera with leather covered mahogany body, triple extension black leather bellows and expanding trellis supports for the lens standards
Production Period: 1911 - 1930s

 

Plate / Film Size: 3" x 4" plate in double dark slides
Lens: Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar f4.9 F=15cm (serial 641476)
Shutter: Dial-set Compur, speeds 1 - 1/200, B & T (No 934295)
Movements: Rising front, tilting front
Dimensions (w x h x l): 15.5 x 16.5 x 9 cm (closed)
Date of this Example: c1930?
Serial Number: Serial T172 stamped into central extension.
Availability:
  • Common [ ]
  • Uncommon [ ]
  • Hard to Find [ ]
  • Scarce [x]
Inventory Number: 616

 

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Description

The Trellis camera by Newman & Guardia is an uncommon Hand & Stand camera that was a high end instrument advertised in 1911 as being "specially interesting to Explorers, Travellers and those requiring an efficient instrument which is capable of the extremes between Wide-Angle and Tele-Photo work". It has a drop bed, separate wide angle rack and wide angle flap on the top face, combined with triple extension bellows to support these extremes. It has a well made body of leather covered mahogany and is very solidly built.

The serial number is T172 and is one higher than the highest listed on the Early Photography web site (last accessed January 28 2014). This example is likely to be a late model, possibly one that was sold when it was advertised again in the 1930s, some 20 years after its initial introduction. The serial number on the Zeiss lens corresponds to a date of about 1926, but it may have sat on the shelf for a time before being sold or may even have been supplied or fitted by the owner. It appears that less than 200 of these cameras were produced, most (though apparently not all) in plate size like this one.

The camera has a removable lens panel. It is equipped with a rising and tilting front, and a rotating back.

The examples on the Early Photography website, adverts and others pictured on the web either have no viewfinder or, more usually, an N & G reflecting finder. This example has a wire frame finder. The main wire frame appears to use original N & G fittings, so may have been a factory adaptation or option when ordered.

Notes

The knob used to operate the wide angle rack is missing on this example; just the square section shaft remains.