The Juwel hand camera was manufactured by the Ica A.G. camera company of Dresden, Germany in from approximately 1908 to 1929. This camera body and bed was constructed of thoroughly seasoned kiln dried mahogany and covered in fine grain leather. The front standard was a rigid U shaped design made of aluminum. On early versions the front lens board was made of mahogany.
The Juwel was capable of capturing 5 x 7 inch exposures on film packs or plates. Features included a triple extension front, extending 19 inches, a large brilliant finder and a direct view finder, reversible back, two tripod sockets. The Juwel was fitted with a Carl Zeiss Tessar f4.5 or a Carl Zeiss Protar f6.3 sereis II lens and a compound shutter with speeds up to 1/150 of a second, time and bulb. The camera with a Tessar lens was priced at $168.00 and with a Protar lens the cost was $172.00. The camera measures 9 1/8 x 3 1/2 x 8 7/8 inches and weighs 7 1/4 pounds.
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