Perken, Son & Rayment

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Perken, Son & Rayment was a maker of cameras, lenses and other photographic equipment, including studio and darkroom apparatus. The company also made magic lanterns and accessories, telescopes, binoculars, surveying and other scientific equipment.[1] The company address was for many years in Hatton Garden, in central London.

McKeown, citing the company's advertisements, states that the original company was founded in 1852.[2] By 1886 it was LeJeune and Perken; by 1888 Perken, Son and Rayment, and in 1900 it was Perken and Son.

The company used the brand name Optimus for a great many of its products, including cameras, lenses and magic lanterns.


Cameras



Lenses

  • 7" × 5" "Optimus"
  • Rapid Euryscope 5" × 4" "Optimus"


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Notes

  1. Beginnner's Guide to Photography (about 1891) by 'A Fellow of the Chemical Society' and published by Perken, Son & Rayment, at The Internet Archive. Much of this short book (starting page 107) is advertisements for the company's products.
  2. 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). p779.


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