The Gnom is a magazine camera made by Hüttig. It appeared around 1895 as a wooden 4.5×6 camera, and received a metal body around 1900. An original advertisement lists three models of the "Gnom Cameras Metall-Serie A":
- Modell I, for 4.5×6cm plates, 9×4.5×8cm, 200g, 3 Mark for the camera and finder alone, 3.50 Mark with full accessory set;
- Modell II, for 6×9cm or 6.5×9cm plates, 13×8×15cm, 400g, 5 Mark for the camera and finder alone, 10 Mark with full accessory set;
- Modell III, for 9×12cm plates, 16×10×5.5cm, 700g, 7.50 Mark for the camera and finder.
The three models have the shape of a box and contain six glass plates or twelve film sheets. The changing mechanism is controlled by a sliding lever above the camera. Only the models II and III have a top handle. On the two smaller models, the brilliant finder is detachable and can be clipped on one of two pins: at the top for vertical pictures or on the side for horizontal pictures. The larger model has a brilliant finder integrated into the body's upper corner, to the photographer's right. The simple shutter has Time and Instant settings and is not self-capping. The lens cap is attached to the camera by a cord, and must be used each time the shutter is set.
- McKeown, James M. and Joan C. McKeown's Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 12th Edition, 2005-2006. USA, Centennial Photo Service, 2004. ISBN 0-931838-40-1 (hardcover). ISBN 0-931838-41-X (softcover). P.410.
- Yazawa Seiichirō (矢沢征一郎). "'Cherī tesage anbako' saikō" ('チェリー手提暗函'再考, Thoughts on the Cherry Hand Camera). Kamera Rebyū: Kurashikku Kamera Senka (カメラレビュー クラシックカメラ専科) / Camera Review: All about Historical Cameras no.51, June 1999. ISBN 4-257-13024-5. Kurashikku kamera supesharu (クラシックカメラスペシャル, issue about miscellaneous classic cameras). Pp.40–3.
- Gnom 4.5×6 on BoxCameras.com via Internet Archive: The Wayback Machine
- Gnom 4.5×6 at prices4antiques