J.T. Chapman

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J.T. Chapman Ltd was a camera-maker in Manchester, England, from 1874 until the early 20th century (or if not a maker, at least a seller: notes on the company at Early Photography point out that several of the known Chapman cameras are labelled, for example, Made by J.L. Lane & Sons for J.T. Chapman[1])

The company had premises at 168 Deansgate, and later at 7 Albert Square.[1]

Several of the company's cameras, of different types, are called The British.[2]


Cameras

  • The British (about 1903 according to McKeown[2], but Early Photography dates the example shown there to the 1890s, and suggests the camera was made for Chapman by Joshua Billcliff[3]). Wood-and-brass folding camera, in quarter, half or full plate size, with double-extension bellows.[4][5]
  • The British (Miller's Patent) quarter-plate falling-plate detective camera, with a built-in Thornton-Pickard shutter, giving speeds 1/15 to 1/90 second; can be loaded with eighteen plates. Miller, a company in nearby Salford, made the same camera and sold it as the Adelphi.[6]
  • The British folding stereo camera [7]
  • Stereo tailboard camera.[8]


Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Notes on Chapman at Early Photography.
  2. 2.0 2.1 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). p200.
  3. 'The British' quarter plate folding camera at Early Photography.
  4. 'The British' folding camera at Wood and Brass.
  5. Half-plate field camera (not identified in the listing as 'The British', but apparently identical) with Lancaster lens; a lot in an auction in November 2005 by [http://www.christies.com Christies in London.
  6. 'The British' quarter-plate detective camera, with 5 inch f/8 Wray Rapid Rectilinear, at Early Photography.
  7. 'The British' stereo camera for 13×18 cm plates, with 5 inch Wray lenses; a lot in an auction in November 2011 by Westlicht Photographica Auction in Vienna.
  8. Stereo tailboard camera for 4×7 inch plates, with Ross lenses; a lot in an auction in January 1999 by Christies in London.

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