Hi all. This my first post on this forum. I've searched and have gotten much infiormation. Anyways I've just inhearated a Burke & James 5 x 7, red bellows, camera from a 93 year old neighbor that just passed. He hasn't been married since WWII and has always had more than enough money to buy toys after toys, after toys, always top of the line items. Money has not been a problem so he would quite ofter would buy a dozen of something even if he only needed just one, and ALWAYS TOP OF THE LINE! (must be nice) After his death and getting ready for the auction he had boxes of stuff that was never taken out of the orginial shipping boxes. His large basement looked like the back room or a hardware, woodworking, hobby shop. Shelf after shelf of unboxed stuff. 99% or his stiff was never used or opened. I truly believe this camera and tripod is part of the 99% of the suff. Not being familiar with this kind of camera I have no idea what I have. Good/Bad or just a conversion piece. It came with the orginial black box (still very shinny), 2 little rings that look like they have something to do with the lense, a stick on magnafier for focusing, 2 film holders, and a factory lense that looks like it was made yesterday.
The tripod is a magistic. It has a large flat plate for the camera, 3 leveling bubbles, several knobs, a crank to raise it up and a screw gear box for tilting the camera up and down. It will go up to about 9 feet. There are no makes where the camera has ever been mounted on it and the legs aren't marked by the tightening screws.
Can any one tell me what I have? Good, bad or just a conversation piece?
Thanks for your input. Terry