Camera ['The Rover']; J Lancaster and Son Limited (England, estab. 1904); Circa ...


Camera ['The Rover']

About this object

Camera - the "Rover" ¼ plate box magazine.
Lens: f10, c.5 ½", single achromat, iris diaphragm scaled f10, f20, f30.
Shutter: Lancaster See-Saw, two-blade guillotine, air powered, self-capping.
Construction: Polished mahogany.
Format: 12, 3 ¼" x 4 ¼" plates held in internal changing mechanism.
Focusing: Fixed.
Attributes: Reflecting view-finder.
With: Leather case for concealment.
The Rover is a very distinctive detective camera with rounded ends and polished mahogany finish.
Unexposed plates are held in a chamber at the top of the camera, moving a lever on the side of the camera moves a spring in the chamber and allows a plate to drop to the bottom of that chamber. Moving the lever in the opposite direction opens the chamber allowing the plate to slip into the exposing position. After exposure a flexible shutter (tambour type) is opened by a slide on the base of the camera and the exposed plates drops into a rear chamber.


J Lancaster and Son Limited (England, estab. 1904)

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Date Made

Circa 1892

Place Made



H 190 L 228 W 112mm (H 7 1/2 L 9 W 4 7/16")

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Credit Line

The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT)

Object Type

Camera/Camera Equipment/Photographic T&E/06 Tools & Equipment for Communication/Nomenclature

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