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 London1 and sold to daguerreotypists who could customise it with their own names.


Manufacturer:Moran and Quin, London
Year of introduction:1853
Year of manufacture:c. 1855
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

Title:Perfectionnements apportés dans la fabrication des caisses ou boîtes stéréoscopiques ou boîtes-binocles
Filing date:24-01-1853
Publishing date:
Applicant(s):William Edward Kilburn


  1. Pellerin, D. and May, B. (2021) Stereoscopy: the dawn of 3-D, p. 88-90. ↩︎