W. Watson & Sons 10x12 Field Camera
History: W. Watson & Sons Manufacturers was an optician and camera maker based in Holborn, London and later also in Australia. He started to make photographc cameras in the 1880, so this specimen probably dates to the early time of production. As far as i know the 10x12 were the largest format Watson & Sons offered.
The interesting part here, is that the camera comes with the original leather camera bag (although its in a really rough condition), which still shows the authentic Watson & Sons seal.
This specimen comes in a really good authentic condition. Although it shows a repaired part here and there overall the camera is in fully working and authentic condition. The laquere is mostly intact on the wooden part, and the bellows look really good and authentic. The camera offers quite some movements, and the maximum bellows extension is around 60cm. The setup comes with a rotating 10x12 back which can be used in portrait and landscape mode. Most importent, the camera also comes with 2 original 10x12 (25.4cm x 30.5cm) plateholder, which easily can be modified for wet plate use. Each holder also comes with reducing frames for smaller formats. Even a fitting field tripod is included.
The best part about those early british cameras is that they were really lightweight compared to the continental and US made counterparts. This 10x12 camera weights only 3.5kg!
The camera comes with an undrilled lensboard. If
you buy a lens form my collection for this camera i can adapt the lens
to it for free and combine shipping costs.
Insured and tracked shipping cost:
Germany - 10 eur
EU* - 30 eur
Worldwide - 80 eur
*(the site offers only 2 shipping variations, DE and worldwide. buyers from EU please either contact me beforehand for a reduced EU cost, or after buying so i can send a refund over the difference)
Importent Note: This item comes from my private collection and is around 100 years old (antique). I try my best to describe all the faults and major damage which are relevant for the function of this item. But the actuall item can show signs of wear and also some cosmetic blemishes/damage which is not described in the auction text! When buying this item the buyer agrees to this terms.