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    Flea market mystery object

    At a big flea matket yesterday I looked at a Lantern slide projector and was told there's a box of extra parts. I didn't buy the projector but did take the camera parts.

    I was in a hurry with little time to look properly so just took everything not related to the projector. However there's one piece I acn't fathom out. See the attached photos. Initially at a glance I just assumed it was part of a baseboard camera. Any ideas ?

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    Re: Flea market mystery object

    Another part was rather odd as well.

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    This is a base off a whole plate field camera with focus track and underneath it has the front off a whole plate tail-board camera srewed to it, the lens board must have a center piece missing.

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    Re: Flea market mystery object

    A third part was a whole plate back off a different field camera and it'll fit a base I already have, now I just need a new front standard and back.

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    Re: Flea market mystery object

    Best guess on the first item is that it's a retouching frame, it seems very similar in design to others I have seen
    like these - http://www.earlyphotography.co.uk/site/entry_D9.html

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    Re: Flea market mystery object

    Retouching frame was also what popped into my head first.

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    Re: Flea market mystery object

    I thought it might be a contact print frame for plates, but just a guess.

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    Re: Flea market mystery object

    The solid piece won't sit flat so the question is then how could it be used as a retouching frame.

    I wonde if it's a copying attachment there's dowelling pegs and a brass bolt, see the two middle pictures.

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    Re: Flea market mystery object

    My first thought was a retouching frame, but now am almost sure it is a copying attachment.

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    Re: Flea market mystery object

    Was there such a thing analogous to a pin register at the time? Could it be something used for contact printing with masks - ala Alaister Inglis?

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    Re: Flea market mystery object

    Quote Originally Posted by IanG View Post
    The solid piece won't sit flat so the question is then how could it be used as a retouching frame.

    I wonde if it's a copying attachment there's dowelling pegs and a brass bolt, see the two middle pictures.

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    Copy attachment is my bet. See the third photo. The long bolt pointing up along with the two pins would allow solid attachment to the front and of the camera bed. Having done that, it's pretty straight forward to see how it works.

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