The Fellsphoto Vintage 6x6 Gallery
Kershaw Curlew III with TTH Roytal lens
|I owned one of these
for just a week in 1968, having paid £12 for it (i.e. a week's
wages). I used just one film. Lens test chart revealed why nothing
was sharp: not circles of confusion but ellipses of confusion. I
returned it to the shop and came away with a Zeiss-Ikon Nettar for £7 and a refund.
This is the one good photograph I took with it:
|I now know that Kershaw cameras were made in Leeds from 1948-50. The
proprietors were 'twitchers' and so named their cameras after birds.
Their top of their 6x9 range Curlew III was to have a Taylor Hobson
f/3.5 lens in Talykron nine speed synchronised shutter. Initially the
Model III cost £32 14s. 7d including tax, reduced to £28 13s. 4d
By 1960 the range had been discontinued and some estimates of production numbers are as low as 200 (a figure thought to be unlikely). All of the Kershaw cameras are unusual while the Curlew III and Peregrine III cameras are very rare. Which is why this Peregine 6x6 sold for £385 on ebay Sept 06, 2006:
Oops! Big mistake returning mine!!!