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Thornton Pickard Half Plate Folding Ruby Wooden Camera
Good cosmetic condition
Approx size 20 x 20 x 24 cm / Takes Half Plate Glass Plates 6 1/2" x 4 3/4"
General Thornton Pickard Information
The Ruby is a wooden folding field camera made by Thornton-Pickard from about 1890 to 1907. Intended for use on a tripod, the folding bed includes a turntable. The design was changed to make the camera also usable as a hand camera.
The Royal Ruby is a very similar camera, introduced as a high-specification version of the Ruby in about 1900, and continued in production for some years after the standard Ruby was discontinued. McKeown states that all Royal Ruby cameras are triple extension (allowing close focus, or long-focus lenses). Examples exist with roller-blind shutters on the lens board, and with a built-in focal-plane shutter. There is also a half-plate stereo model.
The Special Ruby, strangely, was introduced as a lower-specification version of the Ruby, also shortly before the standard model was discontinued. Wood and Brassshows an example from 1909-12, with a spring back (for easy insertion of dark slides in front of the focusing screen) and with triple extension; the notes state that these features were among those left off the Special at first, and that they were reintroduced in about 1908, so the camera is very similar to a standard Ruby. McKeown lists the special Ruby as double extension.
"Thornton Pickard" camersa were manufactured by the "Thornton-Pickard" company that was founded by John Edward Thornton and Edgar Pickard in Manchester, in 1888 and was based Altrincham near Manchester U.K. and was an early pioneer in the development of the camera industry including the innovative "Time & Instantaneous" shutter
After the death of one of the owners, and the resignation of another, the company ceased to exist in 1939.
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