Doryu 2-16 gun camera Doryu Camera Co, Japan,

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Lot 758
Doryu 2-16 gun camera
Doryu Camera Co, Japan,

HK$ 140,000 - 200,000
US$ 18,000 - 26,000
Doryu 2-16 gun camera
Doryu Camera Co, Japan,
no. 10541, 16mm, with a Dol fixed Iris f/5.6 30mm lens in maker's leather holster.

Footnotes

  • The Doryu pistol cameras were apparently developed for police and surveillance tasks. The first model, the Doryu 1 took 9.5mm film and was ready in 1952. The absence of film stock caused a re-think and a successor, the Doryu 2-16, taking 16mm film was completed in July 1954. By this time police forces had had selected the Mamiya Pistol, made to the same specifications and supplied just in time by May 1954. The Doryu was made available to the civilian market.

    The Doryu-16 pistol camera was first noted in Japanese camera magazines as early as July 1954 and the camera was advertised in Sankei Camera from July 1955 later advertisements show it available with three Dorymar lenses. Around 600 units are believed to have been produced.

    Provenance: Christie's, 'Cameras and Optical Toys', 20th July 1995, lot 170

    Literature: Pritchard and St Denny, Spy Camera. A century of detective and subminiature cameras, pp. 146-147.
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