Large Leica IIIf D.R.P model, 1950
Price Code: ££££
An extremely large wooden dummy model of a 1950 Leica IIIf camera, the model with a black painted body, silver painted trim, wooden dials and details, Plexiglas viewers, lens and hand-painted serial numbers and branding. Marked LEICA D.R.P Ernst Leitz Wetzlar and serial No. 525000, the inner, black lens is marked Ernst Leitz Wetzlar No. 786346. The Leica IIIf was introduced Christmas 1950 and a second version followed in 1953, however this oversized example of the earlier version – only produced for three years – is known by camera collectors as the ‘B. D.’ or ‘Black Dial’.
Size: 46 x 25 x 22 inches (117 x 64 x 56 cm).
Early camera retailers would have been familiar with the concept of using dummy camera models in their retail establishments – much as with high-end electronic goods on display in stores today – these display versions would have been made to scale, using actual camera casings but with no internal mechanisms.
These dummies would have demonstrated the new designs well to prospective buyers, but as these were expensive items to purchase, the dummies would have meant that retailers would not have had to take their displays down each night for security.
However, the model illustrated here, being one in an available collection of seven pieces, known as Riesen-Models (great models) are the exception, and made to massive scale to faithfully resemble the actual models but would have been used for trade fairs and exhibitions, or for press and publicity for the release of a new design.
Made with an almost obsessional attention to detail, these replica cameras are made in wood with textured Rexine coverings, hand-painted dials, branding, trim and even transparent ‘lenses’, and have all the features of the originals, and in some instances employ actual camera film roll casings and lids, to create the dials and details.
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