I'm having trouble uploading images, both to this forum and photobucket, so apologies for these poor quality pictures as they're all I can put up at the moment.
A few weeks ago I rescued this old military camera. It is a full plate format monorail studio camera made by the Houghton Butcher manufacturing company. I assume it dates to the 1930's. The data plate reads:
Camera Ground S.4.
A (crown) M
It carries the serial number 185. The movements are tilt, twist, rise and fall for the front standard with twist and tilt for the rear.
To date it has been disassembled, cleaned, rubbed down with wet and dry and repainted in Humbrol "bureaucratic" grey . The bellows have had a handful of pinholes patched and will eventually be replaced in due course.
I'd be interested if anyone here can tell me more about it, particularly what shutter and lenses it would have been fitted with (the lenses have been robbed from their housing, and the shutter assembly ((which sat behind the lens)) completely removed).
The plan currently is attempt to find a suitable film back and use it as a pinhole camera, as the student budget probably doesn't stretch as far as a decent lens and shutter assembly.