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I have a Hunter Penrose process/repro?  camera, with an 18" Taylor Hobson lens.
I would like to know if there is anyone on this blog that knows anything about these cameras as I am considering selling it. that is if i can lift the thing out of my studio, it weighs at least 35 kilos! are these things saleable? I have heard of people using them as coffee tables, putting plate glass on top, it has the right height for that, I have also a selection of film holders for it, made in mahogany and brass, down to 5x4 inches. What I would really like to know is, is there a specialist market for these things, and if so where?

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The size and weight means that they are generally not collected but as you suggest they may have other uses and interior decor is possibly one of these. That said, one never knows who is in the market for one of these...

Hello,

There might well be interest in the UK collodion community - Tony Richards in Manchester for example. Someone might well buy it as a studio camera for wet-plate. If you drop him a line (www.fourtoes.co.uk) he might be able to help by offering it in the UK facebook collodion group (I would offer but I am not on facebook). The lens would certainly be of interest and have resale value - look for similar lenses on ebay. (I see there is a similar camera & lens on ebay now, perhaps this is yours).

Regards,

Fionnbharr

Hello Nicholas,

Hunter Penrose process cameras appear fairly regularly online, and are a common problem for museums and archives, as you may have guessed due to their great size. In 2012 I was involved with efforts to either dispose or re-home one such example, and contacted a number of museums and archives. They are fairly well represented in collections across the UK, and are therefore largely undesirable to institutions. On the emerging alt-process scene they are however gaining popularity as curiosities, and there are a number of practitioners who have them in their collections. 

Again unfortunately they do not command high prices for re-sale, and I have seen them selling for under £100 on a well known auction site, mainly due to the inconvenience of moving them. I will circulate your query to those involved in alt-process groups, and see if it generates some interest. It may be that the lens and film holders may be more valuable to collectors than the camera itself. 

As some of you have already noticed, i decided to try to sell my Hunter Penrose on ebay. I put it up for auction without reserve, (minimum bid 1 pound) there was a huge amount of interest from throughout the world, most of it from China, Vietnam, Japan and Korea. It was sold for one thousand and five pounds to a korean artist that wil use the camera for wet plate photography, I am of course pleased that I received a sensible price for it, but even more pleased that it be used for many years to come, instead of gathering dust in my studio

The sale price of the Hunter Penrose did cause quite a stir in the online alt-process communities. When trying to dispose of the one in my museum collection in 2012 they were selling for less than £200, one going as low as £60-70 if I recall correctly. That however is the UK and not the Danish market. 

Excellent that it will be going to a new home, and hopefully to be used once again.

It was actually sold on Ebay UK and not on the Danish market, although a Norwegian and a German bidder were up in the high 900s as were several bidders from England.

Alex Boyd said:

The sale price of the Hunter Penrose did cause quite a stir in the online alt-process communities. When trying to dispose of the one in my museum collection in 2012 they were selling for less than £200, one going as low as £60-70 if I recall correctly. That however is the UK and not the Danish market. 

Excellent that it will be going to a new home, and hopefully to be used once again.

Congratulations on selling the camera... are you shipping it to Korea ?

The shipping's going to be fun...and expensive.  

Nicholas Halsey said:

As some of you have already noticed, i decided to try to sell my Hunter Penrose on ebay. I put it up for auction without reserve, (minimum bid 1 pound) there was a huge amount of interest from throughout the world, most of it from China, Vietnam, Japan and Korea. It was sold for one thousand and five pounds to a korean artist that wil use the camera for wet plate photography, I am of course pleased that I received a sensible price for it, but even more pleased that it be used for many years to come, instead of gathering dust in my studio

I will be shipping to Korea with the buyer paying, I think around 5-600 pounds will cover it,but it not my problem, he is paying.

Kelvin Jouhar said:

Congratulations on selling the camera... are you shipping it to Korea ?

Just seen this post.

Well done Nicholas on selling the HP camera. I've been messageing/emailing with the buyer and he's very excited with his purchase. Love my HP camera. Looking forward to seeing what the new owner does with his.

Tony

Hi

Just found this forum. I also have a Hunter Penrose process/gallery camera (complete with railway track!)

I should try to sell it as I don't have the space anymore.

Peter

There are a few wet plate photographers I could put you in touch with looking for HP cameras, Peter.

Tony

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