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Lancaster's Watch Camera

datasheet_loginThe Watch Camera was manufactured by J. Lancaster & Son of Birmingham, from 1886 to 1900. It was patented on October 4th, 1886 patent no. 12571. It was constructed of engine turned metal with nickel plating. Designed to look like a pocket watch and easily carried in a waistcoat pocket. It was a self erecting camera which expanded six spring-loaded telescoping tubes when opened to form the bellows of the camera. It featured an internal meniscus lens and a simple rotary shutter in early models or a drop shutter in later.

In 1889 a ladies version was made with a smaller size ( depicted below ), however less than a half of a dozen are known to exist. The original mans watch took exposures 2 x 1 1/2 inches in size and the ladies version took exposures 1 1/4 x 1 inch in size.

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