"Early bellows were commonly finished in leather but cloth and paper were also used even as early as the wet-plate period.
Sometimes the leather was coated in shellac or similar which gives a very shiny synthetic look. Advertisements sometimes…"
"Hopefully two files are attached showing adverts for the Royal from 1907 and 1908.
The shutter is probably set in two parts – by setting the spring tension which controls the rate at which the blinds move and by changing the gap between the…"
"This looks like the Royal sold/made by Staley in the 1900s. The large focusing hood was introduced in 1908. Sands & Hunter would have been the retailer either new or second hand. I'll add some photos that show adverts for…"