Ensign Speed Reflex c1929
This is a wonderful big heavy black leather covered box of a camera from Houghtons Ltd, London, with the ergonomics of a cinderblock for the professional or advanced amateur photographer. According to McKeown, this model was made in 1929 and was called the Ensign Speed Film Reflex. However, for a brief time it was sold by Houghton as the Focal Plane Roll Film Reflex as is the example shown here. The Ensar f/4.5 100mm Anastigmat lens is marked as having been built by H.B.M. Ltd, the Houghton-Butcher Manufacturing Company, which places production between 1926, when Houghtons merged with W. Butcher, and 1930, when the company became Ensign Ltd. Other lenses were available usually from Aldis and Dallmeyer.