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Thom Bennett
5-Sep-2015, 11:18
Found this on the bottom of the front standard of my recently acquired Korona 7x17. Could it possibly be the year it was made (1946) or simply a part #?

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Oren Grad
5-Sep-2015, 11:26
Unlikely to be a production year, as that seems to have ended in the '30s:

http://www.piercevaubel.com/cam/gundlach/pan.htm

IanG
5-Sep-2015, 11:30
It's a part number, it's very common for the wooden parts of older cameras to be numbered.

Sometimes two different parts have the same number, I'm restoring a Coronet Whole plate camera and just went and checked - the main rear body frame is stamped "1" as is the back, this may well be to indicate they fit together.

Ian

Thom Bennett
5-Sep-2015, 11:38
Oops, forgot to check production dates. Thanks.

Len Middleton
5-Sep-2015, 11:56
Thom,

This might provide some additional info:
http://www.largeformatphotography.info/forum/showthread.php?86623-Meaning-of-Numbers-Stamped-on-Underside-of-Korona-Extension-Rails-and-Tripod-Block

For more info on the cameras themselves, see:
http://www.piercevaubel.com/cam/gundlach/pan.htm and http://www.historiccamera.com/cgi-bin/librarium/pm.cgi?action=display&login=koronapanoramic

Hope you find it helpful,

Len

IanG
5-Sep-2015, 11:58
Oops, forgot to check production dates. Thanks.

You may have actually begun or it could spawn an interesting thread, some parts may have been common to more than one camera model/format from the same manufacturer. Some brass & plated parts are common among a few manufacturers.

In the UK around the late 1890's there was a company selling camera parts individually, in kit form or finished, and another selling brass work. some companies made everything themselves others bought in Brass work and some sub-contracted the wood parts.

Ian

Randy Moe
5-Sep-2015, 13:47
I thought it was common to match extensions and main beds with matching stamped numbers. Hand fitted more or less...

My Korona 7x17 has only #61 stamped into the removable extension and no other numbers.

My 5x7 1908 Gundlach has #113 hand stamped on bed, both front, rear extensions and pencilled inside 5x7 back. The set includes a matching 4x5 back without numbering. Case is not numbered.

Lachlan 717
5-Sep-2015, 15:04
#99 on my 7x17"...

Len Middleton
5-Sep-2015, 15:08
I thought it was common to match extensions and main beds with matching stamped numbers. Hand fitted more or less...

My Korona 7x17 has only #61 stamped into the removable extension and no other numbers.

My 5x7 1908 Gundlach has #113 hand stamped on bed, both front, rear extensions and pencilled inside 5x7 back. The set includes a matching 4x5 back without numbering. Case is not numbered.

Randy,

As per my link above, my 8x20 panoramic has the identical number on front and back extensions, and the tripod block.

Looks like the process they used was not consistently applied.

Regards,

Len

StoneNYC
6-Sep-2015, 01:36
I was told it was just to match the proper rail to the proper base.

My 8x10 Korona is 16

StoneNYC
6-Sep-2015, 01:38
The camera base...

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The front rails...

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However INSIDE the camera in the main rear standard (beneath the bellows frame) I found this while restoring it.

This MIGHT be a serial number? Or year of manufacture (1893)?

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