Antique & Vintage Photographic Equipment

Verascope Camera

Richard, Jules

Name: Verascope Camera
Type: Stereo Plate Camera
Manufacturer: Jules Richard
Country of Origin: France
Construction: Solid metal bodied stereo camera for plates, held in a magazine. This was a standard design adopted for a whole range of camera made over a 40 year period, with many variants.
Production Period: Unknown


Plate / Film Size: 45 x 107mm plates
Lens: Unknown
Shutter: T & I shutter
Movements: None
Dimensions (w x h x l):  
Date of this Example: c1895
Serial Number: Serial 8162 on the back of the magazine
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Inventory Number: 299

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The Verascope line of cameras were made over a 40 year period stretching from 1890 through to the 1930s. There were a very substantial number of models covering three different plate sizes: 45 x 107mm, 6 x 13cm and 7 x 13cm.

It is difficult to determine the variant or age of this particular example, other than its picture size of 45 x 107mm. It is fitted with the tubular viewfinder on top of the magazine back, which according to McKeown makes it an early model. The shutter is cocked by a sliding a button on the front, located above the finder viewing lens. The counter appears to be manually set. These features suggest that it dates to c1895 according to the information in McKeown.

It is complete with the magazine, but there are no plates within.

It is gun metal grey in colour. There is some wear (rub marks) to the metal surface. The shutter still operates.