Antique & Vintage Photographic Equipment

Eclipse Camera

J F Shew and Company

Name: Eclipse Camera
Type: Strut Camera
Manufacturer: J F Shew & Co
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Construction: Strut camera of mahogany construction with brass fittings.
Production Period: Unknown


Plate / Film Size: ¼ plate
Lens: Darlot Rapid Rectilinear
Shutter: Shews Eclipse Central Shutter (inter-lens shutter)
Movements: None
Dimensions (w x h x l):  
Date of this Example: c1900
Serial Number: No sign of any obvious serial number on the camera. The lens carries the inscription 'Shew 8100' on the upper side and 'Paris' on the lower side.
  • Common [ ]
  • Uncommon [x]
  • Hard to Find [ ]
  • Scarce [ ]
Inventory Number: 86

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The Eclipse is a mahogany strut camera with deep red bellows and a simple shutter. The ivory name plate insert is missing from the top. It has one double slide with it, numbered 11, but carrying no obvious makers mark.

The camera came packed in a wooden box, but it is unclear whether this is original to the camera. It is an extremely tight fit (risking damage to the camera).