James F. Shew & Company, London, England               circa 1900


Having been manufactured in London, cameras by James F. Shew & Company are seen very infrequently in the United States.  When they are encountered, it's the more common quarter-plate format.  Half-plate examples such as this one are very scarce, and the diminutive 1-7/8" x 3" size is extremely rare.

This example is fitted with a spring-driven snap shutter of unknown manufacture.


Compact and beautifully crafted, Shew's XIT and its related Eclipse cameras are some of the nicest to hail from the United Kingdom.