12 May 2000,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 1,175
GBP 300 - GBP 500
Sliding box camera
John Spencer, Glasgow; 7 x 7 inches, wood-body, ground-glass focusing screen and internally-contained single darkslide, with quarter-plate reducer, inset label JOHN SPENCER, 39 UNION ST, GLASGOW
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Apparently for wet-collodion use. The darkslide shows signs of contemporary silver staining. A similar design of camera with identical label was sold in Cameras and Optical Toys, 20 August 1998, lot 303.
John Spencer began describing his business as a 'Wholesale photographic and stereoscopic depot' from 1856/7. The business continued in this form until c.1870.
Purchased by the vendor in 1968.
Channing & Dunn (1996), British Camera Makers: An A-Z Guide to Companies and Products, p. 120.
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