Historically, this is an extremely important camera. I have had this camera for years while I researched The Sterling Camera and Film Company and Leon Wagner. Information is so difficult to get from the early days of motion pictures that little snippets once every six months make me feel I have found true treasure. There is more on The Sterling Camera and Film Company at the end of the description of this camera. I don't think there were five Sterling cameras made. I don't imagine there are three left in the world and certainly none of the others will have extra magazines or accessories.
Anyone who sees this camera will easily recognize it as a fine antique.
The camera comes with a DVD of "Richard III". © 9 September 1912 by Sterling Camera and Film Company [LU1299]. Released 15 October 1912.
The camera has a dissolving shutter that works as if it were made last week. On the top of the camera the knob on the left is the dissolve button and the one on the right adjusts the frame height to the sprocket holes on the film. On the side of the camera is the shutter register. It tells where the shutter is at the moment. From 180 degrees down to zero. In this photograph the shutter angle is about thirty degrees open. The mechanics are wonderful and the look of the wood is a rich Mahogany tone that it is dreamy.
The mechanics of this camera are very similar to a Williamson camera yet it says 'Patent Applied For' on the name tag. I think this may have been a ruse as the patent war cameras were approved and this camera could only be used if it were an approved camera or if they had already applied for a patent...