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2x3 Glass Plate Bag Magazine

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2020 9:53 pm    Post subject: 2x3 Glass Plate Bag Magazine Reply with quote

Picked this up to shoot glass plates with a Graflex Jr Iím restoring.

Plate magazines seem rather rare, or at least I have only ever seen a few in this size. Itís in quite good shape for the age, the leather bag is supple and light tight, which is a pleasant surprise. Is it made by Folmer & Schwing? There are no markings I can find other than the serial number which is #158. If it is F&S, any idea how many of these were made or an approximate date?

Septums are mostly good, a few slight bends that I can fix, but there is a little corrosion / rust on a few. I can easily polish it off, but any tips on black paint to refinish? Iíve re-done a few grafmatic septums before and have never been happy with any paint Iíve tried.

Leather covering is okay, there is some heavy gouging around the lid clasp and itís starting to separate in a few places. Iím stripping down the Graflex Jr to pair this with so the leather might go on this holder as well, have to think about it.

The pin (wood screw) that holds the lid clasp on is bent and doesnít hold the lid on tightly, Iíll have to fix that.

Darkslide is extremely brittle and looks to be delaminating or cracking. Although it is functional and light tight, Iíll replace it with one from another holder.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2020 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is no known serial number listing for accessories. The 158 may be a casting number.
As far as paint for the spetums Rust-Oleum flat black is the best choice I know of.
1 light coat should be adequate if allowed to cure for a week or two before use.
I just finished the bed blocks on a 1948 Speed with the satin black.
Rust-oleum 2x will dry too thick with a single coat. There may be a flat black auto touch up paint that will work. is the source I use for the brass wood screws used in Graflex cameras and accessories.

You can get a copy of the instruction manual for the Bag Magazine here:
Plate and film magazines operate the same.
The plate magazine was available through the early 1920's.
The best camera ever made is the one that YOU enjoy using and produces the image quality that satifies YOU.
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