Antique & Vintage Photographic Equipment

Rayment's Patent Camera

Perken Son & Rayment

Name: Rayment's 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 long bolts that pass through the pillars supporting the lens standard, to which he patent relates. Mahogany with brass fittings, dovetail joints and square section tapered bellows.
Production Period: Unknown


Plate / Film Size: ¼ plate
Lens: Unmarked f7.7
Shutter: None
Movements: Tilting back with limited swing, rising front. Reversing back.
Dimensions (w x h x l):  
Date of this Example: c1890
Serial Number: None
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Inventory Number: 484

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Rayment's Patent field camera is a very attractive and well made ¼ plate mahogany & brass field camera, with square section bellows and an unmarked lens. The camera carries the Rayment's Patent name plate on the front of the baseboard, but no makers name. In its place (on the rear of the camera) is a plate for the Stereoscopic Co Ltd, 54 cheapside & 110 & 108 Regent Street. This address corresponds to the period 1885 to 1895 according to Channing & Dunn [2].

Square section, slightly tapered maroon double extension bellows.  Some corner wear. Rising front (sliding panel). Reversible back, with tilt. Tripod bush in baseboard. The screwheads are all aligned. The camera came with a single unmarked DDS (sides 1 & 2).

The patent (1886) refers to the manner of fixing the lens standard to the rails on the baseboard by means of studs passing through the uprights that support the lens board, which are secured by nuts at the top.

The camera has some damage.; There is a metal staple repair to the baseboard near the support strut. The right hand inner track has come away from the inside of the back and consequently it is quite difficult to align the lens standard with its rails when pulling it out.