300 GBP ($400 USD) + postage

A fine desktop camera lucida with dual light filters c.1850-patent model


30 x 4 x 4 cm.




patent but unbranded

Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Therapeutic & Functional Aids, Drawing Instruments, Magic Lanterns & Optical Toys, Office Antiques, Other Technology Antiques, Patent & Salesmans Samples


A fine, brass desktop camera lucida with light reducing aperture and twin light filters/slightly concave lenses (swing in and out of the optical plane by screw and/or bar to bridge). Standing on a solid 5 x 5 cm. brass block, this camera lucida exhibits all of the features of the most advanced model and was patented (unknown maker). Victorian in age, it has a maximum height of 30 cm. and has the usual markings on the extension limb for distances to infinity. The advantages of this form are obvious. One does NOT require a piece of furniture with a ledge to clamp it to and the unit is completely portable and easily manipulated (rotate to capture maximum light). Full 360 degree rotation of the prism head (perfect-no chips) and 180 degree freedom on the arm via a screw to the base. An essential drawing aid for an artist. Minimum height 19 cm.

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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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