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A.E.Staley and Sands and Hunter
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I have a reflex camera with both these names attached on plaques on it. It's quite large, the one bookform film holder fits 5x7sheaths.I'm in the middle of restoring it, as someone dropped it…Continue

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Anne Bull replied to Anne Bull's discussion A.E.Staley and Sands and Hunter
"Thanks!"
Dec 18, 2020
Jose Paula replied to Anne Bull's discussion A.E.Staley and Sands and Hunter
"And here is a page of the Mentor catalogue from c. 1907 with the original description of your camera.Mentor Spiegel-Reflex-Camera_1905-07.jpeg"
Dec 16, 2020
Anne Bull replied to Anne Bull's discussion A.E.Staley and Sands and Hunter
"My camera looks like the one in the first attachment...exactly! The restoration is going well. I still can’t figure out the speeds but for now I’ll just keep the curtains open and use the mirror as a shutter.  thanks very much for…"
Dec 16, 2020
Jose Paula replied to Anne Bull's discussion A.E.Staley and Sands and Hunter
"Yes, the lateral rails appeared circa 1911, before it was a baseboard with bottom rails. See the attached extract from McKeown's guide, p.659. Also attached another Mentor (Klein-Mentor) rebranded in the UK, the 'Sickle Reflex de…"
Dec 14, 2020
Anne Bull replied to Anne Bull's discussion A.E.Staley and Sands and Hunter
"Managed to get the front standard moving again, and the camera does not have metal side runners. It has a bottom metal plate that fits into grooves and a track like there are on view cameras. I see that the Mentor Reflex has side rails. Was there a…"
Dec 14, 2020
Jose Paula replied to Anne Bull's discussion A.E.Staley and Sands and Hunter
"Good morning. This camera from Staley is most probably of German origin. It looks very similar to the Goltz & Breutmann Mentor Reflex from 1905. Staley at the time was selling other Mentor cameras, such as the 'Collapsible Royal Focal…"
Dec 14, 2020
Anne Bull replied to Anne Bull's discussion A.E.Staley and Sands and Hunter
"Thank you, this helps a lot.  The camera is in surprisingly good shape, despite rusty screws and a hole in a shutter curtain. A mouse evidently tried to make it a home long ago and made a doorway through the shutter....part of one interior side…"
Nov 14, 2020
Rob Tooley replied to Anne Bull's discussion A.E.Staley and Sands and Hunter
"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…"
Nov 14, 2020
Anne Bull replied to Anne Bull's discussion A.E.Staley and Sands and Hunter
"That would explain why the Staley plaque is set in to the  frame and the Sands and Hunter is more like a sticker. Thank you any information would be welcome. As for working it...would the TP like mechanism be for the speeds? The top roller also…"
Nov 12, 2020
Rob Tooley replied to Anne Bull's discussion A.E.Staley and Sands and Hunter
"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…"
Nov 12, 2020
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A.E.Staley and Sands and Hunter

I have a reflex camera with both these names attached on plaques on it. It's quite large, the one bookform film holder fits 5x7sheaths.I'm in the middle of restoring it, as someone dropped it sometime ( I think) and cracked the front standard.It looks something like "The Britisher" reflex, but the winding mechanism is different. Also has a lower mechanism that looks like the speed regulator on a T.P. shutter.I was hoping that someone could give me more information about this than I can find on…See More
Nov 11, 2020
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"I have several British made cameras that I would like to know more about"
Nov 11, 2020
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