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Pieces An on-line look at cameras etc. by Stephanie Marriott

Introduction Curlew Peregrine Penguin King Penguin





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November 2003 - Kershaw


Kershaw made a wide range of photographic and optical equipment, including professional cinema projectors, slide/film strip projectors and binoculars.They also made cameras. In the early years of the 20th century these were often sold by other companies e.g. Marion, Ross. In 1947 the Kershaw family lost control of the company when they sold it to British Optical and Precision Engineers (a subsidiary of the Rank Organisation).

The post-war Kershaw cameras are nearly all named after birds.

The Curlew series, announced in 1948, takes 8 pictures on 120 rollfilm.This is a folding camera with a simple specification (no flash sync., for example). There were three models announced, with different shutter/lens combinations. The Model I has a Kershaw f/6.3 lens in a four-speed shutter, the Model II has a Kershaw f/4.5 lens in an eight-speed shutter and the Model III has a Taylor Hoibson f/3.5 lens in a Talykron 9-speed shutter.The Model II and Model III have double exposure prevention. The Model III has flash synchronisation. There do not appear to have been many of these cameras made, they were not widely advertised and by 1950 they seem to have disappeared. The Model I cost £12, the Model II cost £17 10s. 6d. and the Model III cost £32 14s. 7d.(these prices exclude purchase tax).In 1950 price reductions were announced for the Model II (£17 4s. including tax) and Model III (£28 13s. 4d. including tax). The Model I appears to have been discontinued.

The Peregrine series was also announced in 1948. Like the Curlew, there were three models but the Peregrine takes 12 pictures on 120 film. Again, each model has different lens/shutter combinations - the Model I was fitted with a Kershaw f/4.5 lens in an eight speed shutter (with no flash synchronisation), the Model II with a Taylor Hobson f/3.5 in a Talykron 9-speed shutter and the Model III has a Taylor-Hobson f/2.9 lens in a Talykron 9-speed shutter. The II and III have flash synchronisation and all three models have double exposure interlock. The I and II have folding optical finders. The Peregrine III has a coupled rangefinder with a common viewfinder/rangefinder window. The Peregrine, like the Curlew, was only available for a short time and not many cameras seem to have been made. The Model I cost £17 15s. 3d., the Model II cost £30 17s. 11d. and the Model III was £48 18s. 3d.(these prices exclude purchase tax). In 1950 a price reduction was announced for the Model II (£28 13s. 4d. including tax) The Model I appears to have been discontinued and the Model II price remained unchanged.

The Eight-20 Penguin is a much simpler and cheaper camera than the Peregrine and Curlew cameras. It was introduced in about 1951 and takes 8 pictures on 120 rollfilm.

The Eight-20 King Penguin was also introduced in about 1951. It takes 8 pictures on 120 rollfilm and has a flash-synchronised shutter with B and I settings. In 1951 it cost £5 8s. 2d., including purchase tax. (c. £5.41).

The Kershaw 110 is a simple folding camera with an unidentified lens (two apertures - f/11 and f16) in a simple single-speed shutter. It was introduced in about 1954. It takes 12 pictures on 120 rollfilm. In 1955 it cost £5 19s. 10d. including purchase tax.

The Kershaw 450 is similar to the 110 but with a better lens (Etar f/4.5) in a Velio 5-speed shutter. It was introduced in about 1956, when it cost £12 19s. 4d.

The Kershaw 630 dates from the mid-1950s. It is a folding camera which takes 12 pictures on 120 rollfilm. It has a Kershaw Otar 80 mm. f/6.3 focusing lens and a three-speed shutter with flash synchronisation. In 1955 it cost £9 18s. 9d. including purchase tax.

The Kershaw Raven is a folding camera with a bakelite body. It has a Kershaw f/4.5 4 inch lens.

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