A good example of a rare Stirn Concealed Waistcoat Detective camera, made in Germany c1890.
This is model 1 of this type of camera and takes 6 small circular images on circular glass plate.
It was designed as a disguised spy camera, which was worn under a waistcoat, with the lens poking through a buttonhole.
The camera has a fixed lens and a single speed shutter, which is in working order, but sometimes a little lazy.
Cosmetic condition of the camera body is generally average and commensurate with medium use.
There is one minor ding on the body and the nickel plating is rubbed in places, especially on the back, where the body is brassed. Considering it is nearly 120 years old, it has stood the test of time and has not been misused.
The black enamel finish is around the lens is generally good.
The interior black painted finish is worn but still good, with the original green velvet inner light tight seal on the hinged lid.
There is no glass photographic plate.
The rear is engraved 'C P Stirn's Photographische Camera' and it is numbered 10414, probably indicating a manufacturing date of 1888.
Overall size 5.75dia x2ins (15 dia x 5.5cms)
A fair example of this very rare collectable camera.
Overall I would say 7+/10 would be a good indication of its condition, but please ask for more details as required.
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Item ID: CAM 4128