THE IMPERIAL SHUTTER
Voigtlander & Sohn, Braunschweig, Germany 1899-1900
Manufactured in Germany, the Imperial was marketed in the U.S. through Benjamin French & Company, 319 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Between 1902 and 1907, ads in The Photo Beacon reflected the company's new Americanized name, the firm becoming "The Voigtlaender & Son Optical Company".
Certainly one of the most attractive European shutters, the Imperial is rarely seen in the U.S.
From Scovill's The American Annual of Photography and Photographic Times Almanac for 1899