This rare Bessa folding camera was from the first production of the Bessa line. First produced in 1929 by Voigtländer, this Bessa is a medium format folder that uses 120 Film to produce 6x9" photographs.
This was the first self-erecting camera offered by Voigtländer. These early Bessa folders were produced with four different lens types: Voigtar, Vaskar, Skopar, and the Color Skopar – this camera has the Voigtar 1:7.7. Also there were three shutter leaf options: Prontor, Compur, Compur Rapid – this camera has the AGC Prontor.
The camera has three indicated f-stops, 7.7, 11 and 22 and the lens also has three indicated focusing options, Portraits, Groups, Landscapes. There are indicated distance measurements and I believe they are in feet 5-8, 10-20, 25-infinity. There are three shutter speeds, 1/25, 1/50, 1/100 with ‘B’ and ‘T’.
There is a ‘brilliant finder’ for composing your shot and it switches from portrait to landscape easily. It uses 120mm film and shoots in 6×9, so you get 8 shots per roll.
Shutter, aperture and film wind on controls are working well. The bellows are intact and light tight with no rips, holes or tears and the lens is clean and clear. The folding mechanism works easily and smoothly. Unfortunately the camera has lost it's right-hand chrome arm (see photo 2), but this doesn't affect the camera use, or ability to close. The camera has some minor paint-loss on the edges (see photos), but nothing major. The original leather carry case is in good condition with the strap still in place.