A large wood and brass Houghton "Duchess" folding camera with black bellows, a Busch Rapid Symmetrical F.8. lens and a Thornton Pickard Time and Instantaneous Shutter with a cord pull. " TIME & INST. / PATENT /THORNTON PICKARD " is marked on a circular panel on top of the wooden frame of the lens. " BUSCH RAPID SYMETRICAL F.8 " is marked around the edge of the lens. The camera came in a reinforced cloth bag in poor condition along with three wooden plate holders.
This is a Houghton "Duchess" camera made between 1904 and about 1921. Many were sold with Thornton Pickard roller blind shutters. This camera was used by professional New Plymouth photographer William Andrew Collis.