London, South Kensington
18 October 2000
MOOLY two-speed motor no. 146
chrome, with chrome actuating arm, in maker's box the base marked 146 in contemporary hand
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Hasbroeck (1983), Leica. A History Illustrating every Model and Accessory, pp. 126-132.
James L. Lager (1998), Leica. An Illustrated History. Vol III-Accessories, p. 58.
Condition: 3BCosmetic: Light signs of wear. Mechanical: Apparently working.
A very early serial numbered MOOLY motor. The MOOLY motor was announced in March 1938 and motors numbered 100 to approximately 400 are the original two-speed versions. This example features the double underlining below the 'o' in 'No' typical of the early models. Lager suggests that the double-underlining may 'represent test units manufactured before Leitz committed themselves to full production'.
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