The 1888 Patent Le Merveilleux
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Le Merveilleux was Lancaster's lowest priced series of cameras for the amateur. The camera itself is a primitive folding view design constructed of polished mahogany with brass trim. A simple meniscus achromatic lens, standard for the Le Merveilleux, was mounted in a brass tube that slides forwards and backwards for focusing.

This example is the tiny 1/4 plate model exhibiting an understated yet elegant appearance. Lancaster offered the camera in plate sizes ranging from 1/4 through 12" x 10" as noted in a reference entitled "
How To Be A Successful Amateur Photographer".
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1888 Patent "Le Merveilleux" Camera
J. Lancaster & Son, Birmingham, England
Also refer to:
The Le Merveilleux Cameara Reference page
The 1893 Instantograph Patent page
Lancaster Stereo Instantograph page
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