Antique & Vintage Photographic Equipment

Rayment's Improved Patent Camera

Perken Son & Rayment

Name: Rayment's Improved Patent
Type: Field Camera
Manufacturer: Perken Son & Rayment
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Construction: Well made field camera where the lens board fixes to the baseboard using a pair of sprung latches. Mahogany with brass fittings, dovetail joints and square section tapered bellows.
Production Period: Unknown


Plate / Film Size: ½ plate
Lens: Rapid Rectilinear 7 x 5 "Optimus" f8
Shutter: None
Movements: Tilting back with limited swing, rising front
Dimensions (w x h x l):  
Date of this Example: c1895
Serial Number: Serial 6130 stamped into wood on bottom edge of rear panel
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Inventory Number: 484

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Rayment's Improved Patent camera is a very attractive and extremely well made ½ plate field camera, with square section bellows and original Perken, Son & Rayment "Optimus" marked lens. This camera is identical to that shown in Channing & Dunn [2], except that theirs is a ¼ plate version.

The original lens and the tripod key are stored in a separate box (but don't know if this is original). Two DDS came with the camera, which are numbered 1 - 4. It came in a contemporary but unmarked canvas case that was in such poor condition that it was discarded as it was likely to cause more damage rather than adding any protection.