Approx. Mid 1920s
The coveted Prevost 35mm Motion Picture Camera, manufactured in France, ca. 1909. This is one of the rarest and most sought after antique motion picture cameras in existence. In my opinion, this is far more rare than even a Lumiere Cinematographe. I say this because far more Lumieres still exist than Prevosts. In all my years of research, this is only the 9th Prevost, in any condition, in the world. This camera must have been considered a very advanced piece of machinery in its day at the very beginnings of the motion picture industry. Please watch the video below to see more details about this wonderful relic of the dawn of the movie business. For price inquiries, please phone or email me through this site's contact page.
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Akeley Pancake Lens
Rare silent era films for sale. Please call at 617-999-0364 for more inquiries.
I am selling some rare silent era films here. The first one is a small roll of 35mm film that is titled "THE FAILURE" from The Trans Atlantic Film Co. which must have been under the Universal Films banner. From what i could find out I believe it was an english company. Any 35mm film from the silent era is extremely rare.
Mitchell Tripod Friction Head
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This is a fantastic antique Mitchell Friction head made by the iconic Mitchell Camera Company, made some time in the late silent film era. It is serial number 248. When collecting antique Mitchell camera equipment, one of the things to look for is on the name and serial number plate. Mitchell moved from Los Angeles early on in the company's history so we can sort of tell how old a piece of equipment is by what location is on the name plate. This number plate is the older and original brass plate with the city of Los Angeles on it. Equipment with the Los Angeles plate is very sought after. This friction head works great and comes with the handle that so often goes missing. Please email or phone for a price quote on this great Mitchell piece. A wonderful relic from early cinematic history.
I will also be listing more items on the silent film era very soon. Books, photos and other rare ephemera from my collection of 20 years.
This next rare silent film I do not have the title of. I believe it is around 150-200 feet in length. It is silent era 35mm. I didn't measure it as it ha some breaks but STILL in great enough shape to restore and scanned. The thing that excited me the most when I acquired this film was that it is tinted! Many silent era films from the earliest days of cinema were hand colored or color tinted. This one is tinted a reddish-orangey color. Perhaps this is the only copy of this film. One never can tell as so much of our silent film heritage has been lost to th ravages of time.
HAND CRANK ERTEL MOTION PICTURE CAMERA
Here is a very rare Akeley Pancake Dallmeyer Dallon Tele-Anasitgmat 12 inch lens. 12 inch equals a 300mm lens. It it in very nice condition. Not only is it difficult to find antique lenses that are still in shootable, usable condition, this Akeley lens is still in its original mount. I stress this fact as so much antique glass was remounted for other more modern cameras. This Dallmeyer lens is very clean and will shoot gorgeous images today. The focus works well throughout the whole range, as does the F stop. The F stop range is f5.6 to f45. The glass is in excellent condition. It has the lens shade built right onto the lens and slides out past the lens front edge. A great feature to have to protect this lens which must have been hugely expensive when new. Of all lenses I have seen on the iconic Akeley Pancake camera, I always found these incredible long lenses to be the best to show on the camera. Very dramatic indeed. This lens is so hard to find as any type of camera equipment with the words "Akeley Camera Inc." is coveted by collectors.
Motion Picture Camera
This is a very nice example of an Ertel 35mm antique movie camera. It is a real eye catcher and a wonderfully iconic representation of what the earliest movie cameras looked like. In your home or in your office or in any movie theater, this camera is going to stop people in their tracks.
It was manufactured in Germany sometime in the early to mid 1920s. Its construction is very solid and the wood is quite beautiful. Expert craftsmanship went into making this camera. It comes with an antique hand crank Herbert and Huesgen gear head and tripod. The look together is absolutely striking.
Any questions about this outfit please contact me.
Here is a great photo of one of these friction heads under a 70mm Fox Granguer camera ca. 1929