~A FINE and UNUSUAL CASED, BRASS, CAMERA LUCIDA~

~A FINE and UNUSUAL CASED, BRASS, CAMERA LUCIDA~

$400 USD (320 GBP) postage included

A fine, unusual yet unsigned, brass camera lucida in it's original case c.1840

Dimensions

10 x 3 x 1 inches

Circa

1830-1840

Maker

unbranded

Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Natural history, Engineering antiques, Magic Lanterns & Optical Toys, Office Antiques

Description

A fine, brass camera ludida c.1840. Although unsigned, it is of the highest quality with some unusual features I have not seen before. Rarely used, the prism is perfect, as is the lacquer. This particular model has a round, rotating light filter and an unusually shaped light reducing stop. The C-clamp for a tabletop/easel has TWO knurled screws (one external and one internal) to secure it and lock it at any angle. A very innovative addition to this artist’s aid. The three section arm extends to 18 inches with the usual demarcations for distance from 1-10 and thereby infinity for landscape sketching. The brown/maroon card case has scuffs around the tiny C-hooks at the front and some fading from light exposure but has a fine, red velvet interior and with hinges intact. It measures almost 10 x 3 x 1 inch deep (24 x 7.5 x 2.5 cm.). A very good example and I am surprised it bears no signature. Late Regency period.

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CA ScientificaOpticae

Scientifica Opticae

Mark Hacking (Scientifica Opticae Inc.) has been an avid collector/dealer for over 30 years. A former Science teacher, he has an innate love for anything natural or mechanical. Specializing in optical (microscopes, telescopes), surveying, medical, weighing and drawing instruments, he is an active participant of the Scientific Instrument Fair in London. Living in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, with his wife and two children; Mark looks forward to meeting as many fellow collectors as possible, and has a worldwide following on eBay (Sciopti).

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