Sinclair Una Camera
Sinclair & Company Ltd, [James A]
|Plate / Film Size:||¼ plate|
|Lens:||Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar f4.5, F=13.5cm|
|Shutter:||Ring Set Compur, T, B 1 - 1/200|
|Movements:||Rising and tilting front|
|Dimensions (w x h x l):||5¾ x 6 x 3¾ (closed)|
|Date of this Example:||c1915|
|Serial Number:||No obvious serial on the camera body. Lens serial 1187556, shutter 1114045|
Photos copyright © 2012 David Purcell. Do not use without permission.
This is an example of the Standard model of the Sinclair Una camera, covered in black leather. The camera is in good condition, partly no doubt as it has been kept in its hide case. Only known faults are that the viewfinder has been removed (and lost), there is a slot cut in the leather on the top that looks like it once held a name plate and the brass screw for the rising front has been replaced with an ugly round head screw.
It has square section black bellows, which suggest an early model, but it has a revolving back rather than a reversible back (so post 1909). Further it also has a flat spring on the top of the lens board to release the tilt mechanism, which according to a summary of changes on the Early Photography web site makes this post-1914. So perhaps about 1915?
The camera is equipped with a Zeiss-Ikon ring set Compur shutter and Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar lens.
Camera and accessories are held in a very neat red velvet lined hide case with 6 DDS (3 mahogany, 3 ebonised), marked with a Westminster Photographic Exchange retail badge.
The previous owner had been a professional photographer and had bought the camera in about 1970.