A Rochester Optical Company 4 × 5 Premo B folding plate camera, with burgundy leather bellows, Victor shutter apparatus and three original plate film-holders
A Rochester Optical Company 4 × 5 Premo B folding plate camera, with burgundy leather bellows, Victor shutter apparatus and three original plate film-holders

A Rochester Optical Company 4 × 5 Premo B folding plate camera, with burgundy leather bellows, Victor shutter apparatus and three original plate film-holders

The original exterior leather on the wooden case is a little weathered and worn; the camera itself shows little signs of use. The Rochester Optical Company of Rochester, New York, sold its Premo B camera (in 4 × 5 and 5 × 7 models) from 1894 to 1902. The external signs of wear are more indicative of exposure to the hot and dry Australian conditions that Mawson encountered in his field work in the Barrier Range (extending from the northern Flinders Ranges through to Broken Hill) than in the Antarctic. Provenance: Sir Douglas Mawson; by descent.

Item #114993