The Lancaster's Gem Camera (Carte Apparatus) was manufactured by J. Lancaster & Son, Birmingham England. In 1879, in one of Lancaster's earliest advertisements and possibly the first to describe his cameras. It has mention about only two cameras available, the Lancaster Carte Photographic Apparatus, a camera with twelve lenses to shoot the same subject twelve times at once. The other was a pocket camera. The Carte Apparatus is believed to be the early version of the Gem Camera advertised more regularly in the 1890s, as it is mentioned in the ads, that the camera as been on the market for years, and has received the highest approbation. There were several models made in the 1890s (model #406 illustrated on left) as follows:
#403 - Polished Mahogany Camera with 4 superior double combination achromatic lens, repeating back, taking 12 superior gems on a 1/4 ferrotype plate. £2 10s
#404 - Polished Mahogany Camera with 6 superior double combination achromatic lens, repeating back, taking 12 superior gems on a 1/4 ferrotype plate in two positions with rack adjustment. £3
#405 - Polished Mahogany Camera with 9 superior double combination achromatic lens, repeating back, taking 9 superior gems on a 1/6 plate or 18 on 5 x 3 1/2 plate with rack work adjustment. £4
#406 - Superior Mahogany Camera with 12 selected lens, rack work adjustment, Instanteneous shutter, taking 9 superior gems on a 1/6 plate or 12 on a quarter plate, 24 on a 5 x 4 plate and 36 on a 7 x 5 plate. £6 6s
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