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HoughtonEnsignette No.1

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c1909-1920s. 1½x2¼'' exposures on rollfilm, strut-folding camera. N-sign engraved mark on the lower-left corner until 1911, embossed logo after.

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Houghton: Ensignette No.1 camera

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by bill339 » Sun Mar 10, 2019 3:01 pm

This Ensignette was patented in 1907 and started production release in 1909. The patent number is 28484 and continued production until 1920. The body of the camera is made entirely from brass sheet and painted flat black inside and has a gloss black exterior. The brass nickel plated bits and screws make up the rest of the metal parts. The front of the camera faceplate is etched with ENSIGNETTE in an arc over the lens escutcheon and etched at the bottom is MADE BY HOUGHTON LTD LONDON in a very small font. Also on the faceplate of later models is two round embossed emblems. One has PATENT 28484 1907 and the other round embossed emblem has a flag with ENSIGN on it and a small British flag at the top within the flag plus the word BRITISH MADE below the flag. The camera is one of the smallest billows cameras ever made. The Ensignette measures 98 x 48 x 20mm (3 7/8 x 2 x 3/4 inches) when closed and 80 mm (3 1/4 inches) when open. It weighs 220 g (7 3/4 ounces) without film. The camera also has 3 apertures of f/11, f/16 and f/22, a fold-out table top leg for landscape pictures, two shutter setting of Timed plus Instant, 1/30 of a second leaf shutter, frame number red view window in the camera back with a slid cover, right thumb shutter release arm, a fold-down paddle film advance winder, and one Brilliant type viewfinder. The camera used Ensign E1 roll film (128 roll film) that produced a 57 x 38mm (2 ¼ x 1 ½ inches) picture but the film was discontinued in 1941.

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