D W G camera
(price not available at this time).
is the D W G Camera as there is no indication of the manufacturer
other than a number 109 stamped under one of the door locks. The D
W G is derived from the three letters stamped on the right side of
the camera near the one to one crank shaft. They are not manufacture
type stamps and were placed there sometime after the camera was made.
I have seen two pieces of cameras that were owned and
used by the D. W. Griffith Studios. Those letters were
stamped like this, "D W Gr" They had the same
"look" as these letters but the small
"r" is not on this camera.
camera has a frame notcher. Most cameras had a frame punch that
punched the film in the center of the frame so it was easily seen
by red safelight in a darkroom. This cameras punch is on the edge
of the film and makes a notch, rather than a round hole. There is
a round tube inside the camera with a rubber stopper on the end that
contained the punches until time to empty them. This kept the
punches from getting into the mechanism.
The camera has a 50mm lens that has these f-stop
markings on the vertical brass strip on the outside of
the camera body. 3.1, 4.5, 6.3, 9, 12.5, 25. This
leads me to believe that this is a very early camera and
is probably made before 1909.