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Houghton Ensign Box 2 1/2
France Version française
Photos by JB text by JB. From the collection of Jacques Bratières. Last update 2019-12-16 par Sylvain Halgand.

Manufactured or assembled in United Kingdom from (Circa) 1912 to (After) 1912.
Index of rarity in France: Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 15362

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No reliable information was found on this box Houghton Ensign 2 "1/2, although there are approaching models.
Film loading is performed by raising two latches, which releases the right side that is removed and which incorporates the film holder.
The brass needle  on the front panel controls the instant / time exposure modes by moving the high position of the trigger.

The aperture setting (f32 to f11) is carried out by a rotation of the brass disc in front of the lens; there is even a position 'dust cover'!

2019 update : many similarities with Butcher's No 4 Maxim  suggest that this box is most likely the Houghton version of the Butcher Maxim No 3.

Houghton Ensign Box 2 1/2