"Ensign Cameras"

HOUGHTON (London, England)
Houghtons dates back to 1834 when George Houghton joined Antoine Claudet as a glass seller. After the announcement of the Daguerreotype process in 1839, Richard Beard secured the patent rights to operate the process in England, from a patent agent appointed by Daguerre. Claudet secured a license directly from Daguerre and spent most of his time operating his own studio, while Houghton began selling Daguerreotype requisites. On Claudet's death in 1867 the firm became George Houghton and Son, George Houghton and Sons in 1892, and Houghtons Ltd. in 1904. The firm produced a vast range of cameras and accessories, notably after 1904 when it absorbed a number of smaller camera makers. From 1895 Houghtons was also responsible for producing the Sanderson camera. From 1900 until around 1909, a large number of Houghton's cameras were German imports, primarily Kriigener.

The firm came together for manufacturing purposes with W. Butcher in 1915 and the two finally merged on January 1, 1926 as Houghton-Butcher (Great Britain) Ltd. Houghton-Butcher manufactured products and a selling arm, Ensign Ltd, was set up in 1930. On the night of September 24-25, 1940 enemy action completely destroyed Ensign's premises at 88/89 High Holborn. Johnson and Sons, manufacturing chemists, took over Ensign forming Houghtons (Holborn) Ltd and sold apparatus including that manufactured by Johnsons. The "Ensign" name was retained by H-B which in 1945 joined forces with the long established Elliott and Sons to form Barnet-Ensign. Barnet Ensign Ross followed in 1948 and Ross-Ensign in 1954. George Houghton's sons and grandsons had continued in the business throughout all the mergers until the firm finally disappeared about 1961.

Throughout its history the firm produced cameras and accessories notably after 1926 for the mass-amateur market. During the inter-war period it was the largest producer of photographic equipment and was the most important in Britain.

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Stock No 001
Ensign Ful-Vue
The nicely rounded weird shaped box from late 40's. Large reflecting finder. This one is the normal one, with non focusing lens, etched metal "art deco". Shutter release pushes "Up" from the bottom.
~ Condition good.
   
Stock No 647
Ensign Ful-Vue
The nicely rounded weird shaped box from late 40's. Large reflecting finder. This one is the normal one, with non focusing lens, etched metal "art deco". Shutter release pushes "Down" from the right side.
~ Condition Fair to Good.
   Asking Price $60.00
Stock No 652
Ensign Cupid
The Ensign Cupid was made in England in the early 20's.It used 120 roll film.It is one of the strangest cameras to come out of "the old country".This one works.The shutter is cocked by pulling the (what LOOKS like the actual shutter button) UP, and is released by pushing a very UNshutter like looking release on the side of the "nose".This one is in good condition.
~ The black crinkle finish shows signs of wear,but nameplate and rear "instruction" plate are quite legible. It is missing the fold up viewfinder unfortunately.
   
Stock No 3088
Ensign Cupid
The Ensign Cupid was made in England in the early 20's.It used 120 roll film.It is one of the strangest cameras to come out of "the old country".This one works.The shutter is cocked by pulling the (what LOOKS like the actual shutter button) UP, and is released by pushing a very UNshutter like looking release on the side of the "nose".This one is in good condition.
~ The black crinkle finish shows signs of wear,but nameplate and rear "instruction" plate are quite legible. This one has the fold up viewfinder and an old leather case.
   

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