Gelto D-III Camera, Vintage Post War Silver Gelto D-III 127 Film Camera with Original Leather Case, Art Deco and Mid Century Modern Camera
The Gelto was a range of well-constructed 127 rollfilm cameras produced in Japan from about 1936 to 1952. The Gelto had a collapsible ( see photo 3 where lens is extended ) lens with a helical focus mount. The model with D-III shutter was introduced in 1937 and came in a variety of body coverings, including black leather, silver and gold versions. This is a beautiful Silver post war version. We believe it to be produced in the 1950's. It comes with it's original leather case.
This camera is being sold UNTESTED. It looks to be in great condition and there is still film inside this camera. We have not touched the camera because we are not professionals and we do not know enough about this rare collectors item. It will be carefully shipped.
127 Film - 127 rollfilm was smaller than 120 rollfilm used for medium-format cameras but slightly larger than 135 film. Because it was a rollfilm, without the need for a rewind knob or a wind-lock mechanism, the cameras could be kept compact. Particularly the half-format cameras, which made 4x3 cm exposures, were therefore usually smaller than equivalent 135 film cameras, even though it produced larger negatives than the 135 film 35x24 mm format.
The backing paper of 127 rollfilm only had markings for 8 (6x4 cm) or 12 (4x4 cm) exposures - cameras for 4x3 cm half-format negatives had therefore two windows at the back that needed to be used alternately.
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Each one of our vintage items are carefully curated from around the country. Most items are in used, pre-owned vintage condition and sometimes show evidence of wear and age such as light scratches, scuffs, surface rust and dents/dings consistent with its age and use . We try our best to hold the original value and character of each item. Items are lightly cleaned/dusted but may need a good cleaning or polishing as desired. Some items we do not heavily clean for fear of damaging the surface, or removing the patina, etc. Items are packaged with great care to assure that they arrive undamaged. Please review pictures carefully and ask any questions before bidding or buying. I will be more than happy to answer any questions.
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