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Listing # 1281
Listing Format: Auction
Current price : (GBP) £100.00
(USD) $140.85  ( Reserve not met )
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Location: Hampshire, United Kingdom
Started: 31-Oct-2010 9:38:48 AM
Ended: 30-Nov-2010 9:38:48 AM
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RARE UNIQUE MITCHELL 16 mm Movie Camera | Militaria | WARSTUFF
Additional Information
Era: 1914-1945
Conflict: World War II
Service: Marines
Country: United States
Provenance: Bought Privately
Condition: Issued
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The Mitchell Camera became the standard kit of Hollywood movie-makers in the 1930s and 1940s.In the United Kingdom, Mitchells were still being used at Bray Studios, Windsor until the 1970s.

The varient offered is the 16 mm camera which I purchased from an Estate Sale in the USA with the intention of portraying a WW2 combat film-maker. Other opportunities got in the way and the camera is now sadly surplus to requirements!

In excellent used condition, this iconic camera has the 'Mickey Mouse' ear shaped film canisters, used the world over to depict film making and Hollywood is complete with a range of accessories to include spare film canisters, two motor drives, a gyro stabiliser and a very rare original wooden tripod.

The lot comes in the original shipping cases, seven cases in total. I am making no claims about the exact age of the lot, however, I purchased it on the understanding it was of WW2 vintage. I believe it was sold off by the United States Marine Corps in the early 1960s because there is a dated replacement item of kit (unused) in one of the boxes.

One of the original motors with the camera is stamped USMC and paperwork with the camera (now mislaid) referred to what I believe was the home base for the equipment. Check out the British Universities Film and Video Council website which has images of this type of camera being used during WW2.

This is a very rare lot and it would be extremely hard to source all the items individually. I understand some spares are available in the USA from established dealers. The lot is being offered at a reserve well below its agreed insurance value. Genuine reason for disposal. Serious enquiries only please

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