found a large format roller blind type shutter

Discussion in 'Large Format Cameras and Accessories' started by Someonenameddavid, Oct 10, 2011.

  1. Someonenameddavid

    Someonenameddavid Member

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    I bought a shutter assembly, not a Packard type, it has a 2 blind device which has 1/25 1/20 1/18 1/15 plus B. It is mahogany and german silver. There are no makers' marks. It can attach to about a 1 and 7/8 inch lens.

    I would like to find out some information, cannot post a picture yet

    David
     
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    Perhaps it is a Thornton-Pickard.
     
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    Someonenameddavid Member

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    Well I should have thought of Thornton-Pickard... I searched and found this page:
    http://www.lostlabours.co.uk/photography/cameras/thorntonpickard_shutters.htm
    And sure enough it matches one of the intact examples except that the hardware is mostly Nickel Silver rather than Brass (nickel silver being more durable) The escapement is almost identical... And mine is in decent condition.... Wahoo! I wonder how much it is worth... It works well there is a slight crease in the second curtain but it doesn't affect the function.

    David
     
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    So then I read that there were some Japanese copies of Thornton Pickard shutters and I began to wonder...
    There is no Thornton Pickard name on the device and no "Made in England"... Back when the shutter was made, England was the technology leader, Japan, not so much. The quality of the woodworking is fine, the machining of the nickel silver strip, a little uneven. Hmmmm.
    (David)
     
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    The value depends mostly on condition. I've seen them go in the range of $30 (needing curtain replaced) to around $150 (pristine).
    They are still very useful for LF shooters who use superior process lenses (like the APO-Nikkor and APO-Ronar). Used ones in good
    condition sell in the $70-$100 range.