147. Sanger Shepherd Stereoscopic Colour Camera, c. 1907


A simple stereoscopic box camera with rack and pinion focusing, two reversing prisms which are laterally adjustable, a pair of singlet meniscus lenses at the back, and a simple flap shutter. The front lenses are missing. The camera is attached to a large back and supported on a base which is hinged, allowing for angular adjustment, and has a fitting for a tripod. The vertically-repeating back contains a dark slide for holding a glass plate of about 125 x 200 mm (5 x 8 inches), and in front of this, a frame containing three colour filters (from the top: red, green and blue). A simple notch mechanism allows the dark slide and the filters to fall into three successive positions, so that an image can be taken through each of the three filters.

This camera was introduced by Sanger Shepherd in 1907, but was only on the market for a few years. Although not bearing their label, this example was almost certainly manufactured by them. The stereoscopic colour-separation negatives were printed by the Sanger Shepherd three-colour process, to form a pair of stereoscopic colour transparencies. (Examples of the monocular version are shown as Items 102, 103 and 105).

Length 204 mm, width 171 mm, height 370 mm.
Inventory no. 78,899.