|"Albion" ¼-plate c.1890|
image by Geoff Harrisson (Image rights)
E & T Underwood manufactured cameras at their Brunswick Works, 130-2 Granville Street, Birmingham from the late 1880s.
In an 1896 advertisement they listed field cameras for ¼-plate, ½-plate and full-plate with many names including:
- Field (“Best value in the world”)
- The Convention
There were also magazine cameras with the names:
In 1905 they advertised a leather-covered ¼-plate folding camera named the “Foldette” which was also available as a Triple Extension Foldette.
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Patents registered by Edwin Underwood, at Espacenet, the patent search facility of the European Patent Office:
- British Patent 6017 of 1895, An Improvement in Sheaths for Photographic Plates, lodged 22 March 1895 and granted 18 January 1896 to Edwin Underwood, describing a design for metal plate-sheaths (not dark-slides; holders to be used inside a camera), with a small side-tab allowing the sheaths to be manipulated through the fabric of a changing-bag attached to the camera.
- British Patent 6018 of 1895, Certain Improvements in Change Boxes of Photographic Cameras, also lodged 22 March 1895 and granted 18 January 1896 to Edwin Underwood, describing the design of a plate changing box (a falling-plate magazine) for the rear of a camera, the plates held in metal sheaths running forward to the exposing position, pushed forward by a spring, and falling to the floor of the camera once exposed. The box has a counter showing how many plates have been exposed.
- British Patent 7309 of 1896, Certain Improvements in Photographic Shutters, lodged 4 April 1896 and granted 6 February 1897 to Edwin Underwood, describing a design for a roller shutter giving time and single-speed instantaneous exposures.