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Manufactured in Allemagne from 1909 until 0.
Index of rarity in France : Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
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Inventory number: 11815

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Wuensche Apfi Universal

Traduction de Pierre Yves Petit.

McKeown tells us that Wuensche is one of the manufacturers that took part into ICA.

This is a 13x18cm plate folding. There are two ID plates inside the camera: the first one states
"Emil Wuensche Dresden", the other one "Fabrique d’ébénisterie photographique Ancienne Maison Carpentier. J. Waillant successeur 18 bis rue Gasparin LYON". [Photographic woodworking factory, formerly Carpentier. J. Vaillant, successor 18 bis rue Gasparin LYON].

This is a high quality camera: the mahogany frame is covered in morocco leather. It has tilt and shift capabilities. The lens is a Doppel Anastigmat 1:6.8  N° 2 F= 180 mm E. Wünsche AG. Reick. The shutter is a compound Automat, with a piston that can receive a bulb release. Speeds are ranging from 1s to 1/100th plus B and T.
The camera has a double extension bellows, and there are two focusing scales. The finder is a sport finder, but it has a set of two mirrors enhancing the framing precision.