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Bessus & Co | Field Camera | English | Half Plate

FIELD CAMERA. 1904. In January 1904, a monthly trade journal entitled 'The Photographic Dealer And Optical and Scientific Apparatus Trades Journal' reported that the long-established firm of Bessus and Co. at 84 Hatton Garden, had been taken over by W. Butcher & Sons, and all stock, patents, plant and goodwill transferred to Butchers at Camera House, Farringdon St., London. The only labelling on the camera is on the lens. I have said elsewhere that lenses are not reliable identification of cameras, as they can be changed, but I am departing from my usual practice in naming the camera for its lens on this occasion; a camera with a lens taken over by Butchers is as British as it gets.

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