Antique Camera Appraisal for Gallery 63 and an Appearance on Discovery Channel’s Auction Kings

Antique Camera Expert

Recently Phil (our camera expert) had the opportunity to share his camera expertise and appraise an old 19th century field camera for Paul Brown at the countries most storied auction house Gallery 63 and appear on his great Discovery Channel Program “Auction Kings”.

Gallery 63 is located at 4577 Roswell Road Atlanta, GA 30342

Phil reports that the Gallery 63 Auction House is one of the busiest he has been to and he enjoyed sharing his knowledge of 19th Century Dry Plate Field Cameras aka Chambre De Voyage or Reisekameras.

Antique French Field Camera

French Field Camera

Phil said,

“Meeting Paul at Gallery 63 was awesome, and it was my great pleasure to appraise this fine antique camera. The camera in question was an interesting antique French Dry Plate Field Camera which had a desirable Hermagis Lens made around 1891 based on the inscribed serial number and a Red Bellows, however, no makers mark could be found on the camera itself. Based on the wood (appeared to be Walnut), brass cabinet type handle and colorful red bellows the camera is typical of a 1890 -1930s French Field Camera. Most of these cameras were nameless and made in the Alsace Region of France by cabinet makers during their off-season to keep bread on the table. I appraised the camera at $350 (the camera sold for $550 at the auction).”

Check out the next airing of the episode where we appraise the 19th Century French Field Camera:

Aug 30, 8:30 pm (30 minutes)
Auction Kings – Civil War Treasures/19 C. Camera – TV-PG, CC
The Gallery 63 crew gets a Civil War history lesson when they take in an infantry captain’s diaries and letters as well as a telescope that could be the rarest object the Gallery has ever sold. A collector also brings in a functioning 19th-century camera.

8 Thoughts on “Antique Camera Appraisal on Auction Kings

  1. Deborah Southworth on September 16, 2011 at 8:25 pm said:

    I am trying to find out information on a video camera my grandfather left me. It is a Keystone 8mm Electric Eye K-4C. I have searched dozens of sites and have never came close to the number 4c. Do you know of this video camera or could lead me in the right direction.,

    Much Thanks,


  2. Deborah, thank you for visiting us – here is what I have pertaining to your Keystone camera:

    The Keystone K-4C Movie Camera produced during the 1950’s by the Keystone Manufacturing Company of Boston, Massachusetts, USA. It is an 8mm movie camera with a three lens turret typically using a Keystone 2.7mm standard lens, Keystone Elgeet 9mm wide angle and a Keystone Elgeet 25mm telephoto lens. It has two built in filters, a UV haze and a Type-A for color balanced film. The movie camera has a selenium cell electric eye that controls the lens aperture as the camera shoots. A feature provided by lifting up on the shutter release lever instead of pressing down produces stop action frame by frame. It uses the standard 8mm roll film, the body is a heavy cast metal.

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  3. Lenore on May 17, 2012 at 4:17 pm said:

    I have a rare Bell & Howell “Port a Stand” this is a metal suit case that opens and unfolds to a Movie Camera table / stand. I can not find a SINGLE bit of information on this item. Would love to know more about it or if anyone is interested in it.Feel free to email me for Pictures.

  4. admin on May 18, 2012 at 8:19 pm said:

    Hi, Lenore
    Thanks for dropping in. Yes, the B&H Porta-Stand (8mm movie projector stand)is an interesting item from the late fifties, early sixties made to compliment the Bell and Howell 8mm movie projectors. The last B&H Porta-Stand sold on Ebay for 9.95, you may do better through Craigslist or similar if you are wanting to monetize it. If that is not viable for you it would gladly be accepted as a donation – we would add it to our private camera history museum or otherwise make sure it gets a proper home as opposed to getting tossed.

    Best Regards,

  5. Chelsea on January 27, 2013 at 10:58 am said:

    Hi! My father just recently gave me some vintage cameras, and I have a question on what one of them is worth. It is a Kodak Brownie 8 mm Movie Camera II, doesn’t have a date, but I believe it is from the 1950’s. I have the lens that goes with it, along with the original tag and original warranty card. It has also been stored all these years in a leather carrying case, which I don’t know if that originally came with it, or if it is just a case it’s been stored in. Any information would be helpful! Thank you.

  6. Sonia Gagne on January 29, 2013 at 12:39 pm said:

    I have a folding camera from Rochester Optical Company which simply says VIEW Camera. I am looking to find out anything about it. I saved it from my grandmothers attic twenty years ago.

  7. could you send a few pictures of it to – retro(at)

  8. could you send a few pictures of it ? to retro(at)

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