The Argus 12-Shot Repeating Camera was sold by Perry Mason & Company in 1890 through approximately 1895. It was patented on April 1 1890, by W.B Luce and designed as a detective camera resembling a long hand bag when fitted in the russet leather carrying case. Only the brass lens-tube was exposed outside the bag. The camera was constructed of all metal with a brass lens. The camera was able to capture 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inch exposures on glass dry plates. It was a magazine or repeating camera for glass plates, which was operated by turning the lens-tube to bring a new plate ready for exposure. The shutter was adapted for snap shots or time exposures, all set by the means of a small brass knob, and released by pressing a spring. Originally priced at $7.50 for the camera and one dozen dry plates.
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