This very fine example of a rare junior reflex camera was manufactured by the reflex camera company around 1903-06. The junior reflex is a single lens reflex camera capable of capturing quarter (glass) plate images 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches. It's covered with leatherette and all the metal parts are nickel plated.It is in near-mint, working condition. It features a fixed focus single chromatic-meniscus lens and an instantaneous 4 speed (10, 25, 50 and 100 speeds) selector shutter that's coupled to a mirror. The iris diaphragm is adjusted by a pull out lever that's located next to the carry strap. It allows for 3 aperture sizes to insure (in conjunction with the speed selector) both the desired speed and depth of field.
To open the camera, there is a recessed button above the lens opening that you press. It opens the lid and the view finder. The folding hooded view finder, when opened and look in to, shows the image in the actual negative size on the ground glass.Condition: the camera is in near mint and working condition. The outside of the camera leatherette is clean with no rips, scratches or scuffs and the same applies to when it's opened. The overall coloring is clean with no stains or fading. When opened, the hooded view finder is also pristine as with the body and its coloring is also pristine including the gold imprinting. The nickel plated metal parts are bright with no rust.
The leatherette back by the hinge is not glued down and that may be on purpose because of the hinge and the possibility of tearing. I pondered glueing it, but left it alone. Turning the two tabs at the base of the opened view finder, will allow to see the ground class.
It looks to have been broken and glued together, but it does not affect it's functionality. It's the original glass and i felt it esthetically correct to leave it alone, rather than replace it. There are two tabs holding the ground glass in place and when turned, you can remove the glass and see the mirror. It is in mint condition. The shutter release is on the right side of the camera when looking through the view finder.When it's pushed down, it opens the shutter and will automatically return after the selected exposure time has elapsed. Also included: there are 3 wooden (walnut, i believe) glass photo plate holders that are included along with a box of actual glass plate film that has no lid and has been long exposed. But to the latter it's part of photo history and also a part of this wonderful piece/collection. I would assume that actual film stock could work, but i'm not sure. The camera body also has two places to mount it on a tripod for either portrait of landscape photography. Specs: open, it measures 11.25h x 6.5l x 5.5w. Closed, it measures 5h x 6.5l x 5.5w and it weighs 2.6 lbs with a film holder. This junior reflex camera has not been thoroughly tested, but all its functions appear to work and the camera itself is as described. Overall, this is a beautiful camera that's in equally beautiful condition and would be a great addition to a collection and/or to actually use.
Thank you for looking and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. This item is made of leatherette and metal, wood, glass, mirror.