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    Darlot/Jamin casket set

    just got one...

    But I don't know anything about it. The VM doesn't mention a lot (just "several"), and the one description is dated much later than this one must be, as the Jamin name is written on it.

    Original case - "secret" compartment in the lid where the original flange and a front plate was hiding..

    beautiful condition.
    Compleate as I can tell.

    on the lens is written "B" and "PORTRAIT" - on the base of the barrel it says "A".

    I am almost sure the Portrait "mode" is a petzval...

    6 extra lenses to combine - 8 waterhouse stops.

    Anybody know about this kind of set?

    see images:
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    Re: Darlot/Jamin casket set

    a few more images:
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    Re: Darlot/Jamin casket set

    Hi
    I have an orphan portrait combination and no other cells, it is a petzval I confirmed that when I cleaned it. Mine is marked Darlot Opticiens paris 1008, not a lot of help!
    Regards
    Sven

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    Re: Darlot/Jamin casket set

    thanks anyway.

    Mine has a serial number 288 (very low?)

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    Re: Darlot/Jamin casket set

    Hey, great find! I've seen most of the early Jamin's have the pieces marked, perhaps to help the owner keep track of the configurations on more complicated designs. A - typically the flange, B - typically the main barrel, etc. Very lucky to find the hidden flange inside!

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    Re: Darlot/Jamin casket set

    Quote Originally Posted by gandolfi View Post
    thanks anyway.

    Mine has a serial number 288 (very low?)
    Using Jamin and/or Darlot serial numbers to determine dates is pretty impossible.

    That is a very low number, however, the fact that it reads "Anc ne Mon Jamin..." and "Darlot" indicates it is after Darlot took over the Jamin company, so not as early as the 228 number would make you think. If I recall, this type of marking would be around ~1860 - 1869, still very early, but not a mid 1850s lens.

    I am beginning to believe they either used a separate serial number range for different designs (Cone Centralizer vs Landscape, etc.) or restarted numbering at certain points, like after Jamin died. All of this is hypothesis...research is needed but difficult on Darlots, their numbers are all over the map.

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    Re: Darlot/Jamin casket set

    Please see the attached entry in Cassell's 1912 Encyclopedia of Photography regarding Darlot's casket set..

    Dan
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    Re: Darlot/Jamin casket set

    Quote Originally Posted by CCHarrison View Post
    Please see the attached entry in Cassell's 1912 Encyclopedia of Photography regarding Darlot's casket set..

    Dan
    almost word by word the description in VM(?)...
    and it sounds like a description of mine.

    the 5 cells (beautifully made!!) have numbers on them:

    F:11
    F:17
    F:27
    F:38
    F:38

    the sixth one looke slightly different - has no numbers, and looks like a cell to be put at the back of the barrel (?)

    8 watehouse stops with the numbers:

    2-5-6-7-12-15-18-29 (maybe millimeters? the biggest numbers has the biggest hole)

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    Re: Darlot/Jamin casket set

    This must be 300462624800! Quick post as always from the UK. Looks much nicer now you have given the set a deserving photo session!

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    Re: Darlot/Jamin casket set

    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Tribe View Post
    This must be 300462624800! Quick post as always from the UK. Looks much nicer now you have given the set a deserving photo session!
    indeed - MUCH better looking than the photos he made....

    Whether I payed too much or not is another matter (I actually didn't think I'd win - just made a bid I could afford...)

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