Kilburn viewing case

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The Kilburn viewing case was designed by William Edward Kilburn (1818–1891). He was an English daguerreotypist and renowned for his skilled hand-coloured daguerreotypes. Kilburn designed a viewing case for stereo daguerreotypes, which was registered in Britain and patented in France in 1853. The viewing case was exclusively manufactured by Moran and Quin in London and sold to daguerreotypists who could customise it with their own names.

Specifications

Manufacturer:Moran and Quin, London
Year of introduction:1853
Year of manufacture:c. 1855
Type:Hand-held
Viewer:Single-view
Serial number:None
Stereoview support:Daguerreotype
Stereoview format:11.5 x 8 cm
Lens focussing:No
Inter-ocular adjustment:No
Eyepiece blinders:No
Dimensions (L x W x H):13 x 10.5 x 2 cm (folded)
13 x 10.5 x 12 cm (unfolded)
Construction:Metal and leather
Other features:On the cover: Appointment – Kilburn – 222, Regent Street
On the lens panel: Kilburn’s Stereoscope. Reg. 12th Jany. 1853. Brèveté á Paris.

French patent

Number:FR15406
Title:
Filing date:
Publishing date:24-01-1853
Applicant(s):William Edward Kilburn

Bibliography

  • Wing, P. (1996) Stereoscopes: The First One Hundred Years, p. 77.
  • Pellerin, D. and May, B. (2021) Stereoscopy: the dawn of 3-D, p. 88-90.

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