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A life through the lens - a huge collection of antique and vintage cameras, lenses and related items.

27th Apr 2023 by Anthony Eldred

A fascination for all things photographic and a career as a cameraman for a local tv station has led to the largest collection of antique and vintage cameras ever seen at Eldreds. The huge collection of literally 100’s of cameras, lenses and accessories consigned for sale by auction, spans the full date range of the production of commercial photographic technology from the 19th century onwards and comprises a vast assortment of quality examples, from the earliest mahogany and brass plate and bellows cameras to sub-miniature models, including two by Minox, often associated with espionage. Particularly interesting examples include a mid-1930’s Zeh Zeca-Flex folding TLR camera with Compur-Rapid shutter and Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 1:3.5 f=7.5cm lens, a wide-angle Rolleiflex TLR camera with Carl Zeiss Distagon f4 55mm lens, hood and leather case and a Graflex Century Graphic 2¼'' x 3¼'' press camera, with red bellows, Rodenstock - Ysarex f4.5 105mm lens, Synchro-Compur-P shutter and Kalart Synchronised Range Finder. Also in the collection is a quantity of charming actual-size camera models, scratch-built mainly from wood, which would look superb on display in a shop or with a collection and the full range will be offered for sale in Eldreds auction of Antiques, Art, Clocks, Ceramics, Glass & Works of Art on Tuesday 23rd May, from 10.00am. Viewing for the sale will be on Saturday 20th May 9.00am-12 noon and Monday 22nd May 9.00am-5.00pm.

Sleeping Beauties!

24th Feb 2023 by Anthony Eldred

Two exciting recent finds will be sure to set the saleroom alight during Eldreds spring Collectors’ Sale on 7th March. Recently unearthed in local garages and both barely visible underneath a heap of boxes and garage paraphernalia, are two classic cars, each proving to be a relatively rare example of their make and model. First, we have an Austin Mini Metro 1.3L HLS 3-door hatchback motor car, discovered in a Plympton garage, registration number POD 435W, in a sandy beige colour with “Paprika” interior upholstery. With one owner since new and extremely low mileage, this beauty was bought from Mumford of Plymouth in February 1981 for £3,517 and has been garaged and undriven since 1984. The odometer reads just 1007 miles!! Sold with its original registration document and service history this makes an excellent restoration project for a keen Metro collector. A second treasure discovered sleeping in a Tavistock garage is a blue Citroën BX 19 DTR 5-door diesel estate car, registration number G276 RNF and first sold in 1990. This one runs and has 89,000 on the clock. Sold with SORN but no original documents, its relative scarcity and good condition should attract interest from Citroën enthusiasts at £1,000 -£1,500. For more information contact Eldreds on (01752) 721199, [email protected] Both cars will be offered for sale at the start of our Collectors’ auction on Tuesday 7th March at 10.00am and will be available to view from Friday 3rd March.