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Three Day Fine Art and Antique Sale July 2014

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Photography - a Reid and Sigrist Ltd (Leicester) Reid IIIa 35mm camera, serial number P1229, Taylor-Hobson f2 2in.lens, leather case, c1956, flash sync in top plate professionally added later  The firm of Reid & Sigrist was founded after the first world war as a small precision instrument making business in Leicester and also later at New Malden, Surrey. During the second world war the firm undertook the assembly and repair of aircraft and making of munitions. After the war the firm began to seek new markets to diversify into. It was approached by the former minister of aircraft production, Sir Stafford Cripps, with a view to making a 'British Leica' - a proposal instigated by a lack of available UK made 35mm cameras both during and after the war. The Leitz factory in Wetzlar had fallen into British hands in 1945 and was investigated and its manufacturing facilities and techniques researched with a view to manufacturing the camera in England which started in 1947. This camera is a copy of the Leica IIIb.
sold for £800.00

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Photography - a Reid and Sigrist Ltd (Leicester) Reid IIIa 35mm camera, serial number P1229, Taylor-Hobson f2 2in.lens, leather case, c1956, flash sync in top plate professionally added later The firm of Reid & Sigrist was founded after the first world war as a small precision instrument making business in Leicester and also later at New Malden, Surrey. During the second world war the firm undertook the assembly and repair of aircraft and making of munitions. After the war the firm began to seek new markets to diversify into. It was approached by the former minister of aircraft production, Sir Stafford Cripps, with a view to making a 'British Leica' - a proposal instigated by a lack of available UK made 35mm cameras both during and after the war. The Leitz factory in Wetzlar had fallen into British hands in 1945 and was investigated and its manufacturing facilities and techniques researched with a view to manufacturing the camera in England which started in 1947. This camera is a copy of the Leica IIIb.

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