Vintage cameras and Featherston chairs highlight Abbeys special monthly auction

Author: Richard Brewster | Posted: 15th October, 2013

Two collections of vintage cameras will be the highlight of Abbeys Auctions special sale of camera and photographic equipment from 10am Saturday at 480 Station Street, Box Hill.

The collections, one from a deceased estate and the other a private collector, were painstakingly assembled over many years and include some of the finest cameras ever made.

The oldest is a Thornton and Pickard plate camera from the 1890s in excellent condition and with several original tripods.

There also is a Leitz a1 from the 1920s, the first commercially produced model of Leica cameras – and a Leica M3 from the late 1960s, one of the most popular models ever made.

Other popular cameras in the auction include the 1958 Rolleiflex 2.8E and the 1970s Mamiya C330. 

From 11am, Abbeys Auctions will hold its popular monthly collectibles and antiques auction and buyers searching for mid-20th century classics will not be disappointed.

The line up includes several original chairs from iconic Melbourne furniture maker Grant Featherson – including a pair of “TV chairs” in excellent original condition, a pair of “Contour chairs” from the 1950s and a 1960s “Scape chair.

Other features include three original Herman Miller Eames swivel chairs, retro teak furniture, lamps and decorator pieces.

Catalogue online Thursday. 

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