Contessa-Nettel Tropical

Contessa-Nettel Deckrullo Stereo Tropical
Circa 1921. Camera manufactured by Contessa-Nettel using the original Nettel design. An absolutely beautiful camera by design and function, it is superbly crafted from the finest of materials. The “tropical” version combines teak wood, leather, brass and nickel plated parts that are very resistant to rust and very durable in humid climates. In addition to an elaborate shutter/exposure mechanism, the camera takes both stereo and panoramic photographs. Download a complete manual on the Contessa

12 x 20 Folmer and Schwing

12 x 20 Folmer and Schwing
William Folmer and William Schwing started making cameras in 1890. Between 1907 and 1917 the company changed hands and became the Folmer and Schwing Division of Eastman Kodak Company. It was during tha t period that this particular came was ramanufactured. Often referred to as a "banquet" camera, it was used by professionals to photograph large groups. Fine grain film and enlargers were not that common and the best alternative was a large negative that yielded a full size 12 x 20 inch contact print. This is a fully restored working camera. See the camera restoration process

dutch masterpieces

Dutch Masters
Two superbly handcrafted wooden cameras, circa 1900. Manufactured in Amsterdam, they are outfitted with German lenses made by C.P. Gorez and Emil Busch. Both cameras are complete with a set of precicely crafted glass plate film holders