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Houghton Ensignette N°2 De Luxe favori envoyer Print
Photos by JB text by JB. From the collection of JB
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Chronology of the Houghton brand  New window

Manufactured in Grande-Bretagne from Circa 1920 until after 1920.
Index of rarity in France : Peu courant (among non-specialized garage sales)
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Inventory number: 7820

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Houghton Ensignette N°2 De Luxe

This model (designated “Aluminium Ensignette De Luxe” in the McKeown) is one of the last and most improved Ensignette models.
Its lens is an F6.3 Claror by optician Clément, and a linear speed setting is available on the front ; available speeds go up to 1/100. To be found here is the usual ease of handling of the Ensignette series, in particular finger catches to deploy the camera or open the back.
The tilting viewfinder is actioned by a small spring rod which triggers its rotation. This is quite handy, even though the finder will pinch your finger in the process !

This handsome camera, by Swedish designer Magnus Neill, still works normally.