A great display piece — on a wood base and under a glass dome — that doubles as secret storage! Display it on a table or shelf and all the while use it for safekeeping your treasures. This is original vintage with a modern use and it’s the best of both worlds!
This 35mm Baldina folding viewfinder camera was made in Germany in the late thirties. Although it looks like it may have been a replica because of its small size, it is not. It was a fully functional 35mm camera featuring a Compur-Rapid shutter.
But times have changed and cameras such as this little beauty have been tossed aside and hidden away in garage storage boxes. When I found this one headed to a landfill, I knew I could give it new life. After a little cleaning and some rearrangement of its parts, this well-healed pocket camera has been repurposed as a stash box.
In order to elevate the camera to a beautiful vintage display piece, I’ve packaged it with a reclaimed wood base (to which I have added a mirror) and a very sturdy glass cloche/dome which has some small wavy areas that are often found in old glass. Unfortunately, the glass and base came from an estate sale so I have no idea as to its age or origin.
The interior of the camera is easily accessed and once inside, you’ll find that I’ve added a screw-capped tube that fits within one of the film spool holders where small items (like extra cash) can be stashed. The second film spool holder and the center fold-out areas are also places in which to hide tiny treasures like an extra house key, an important piece of jewelry or an antique coin. I have felted the storage areas to protect your items.
The camera has a well-worn leather cover and a leather handle marked with the word “Germany”. The handle is quite fragile from years of use and I strongly urge the new owner to avoid using it. The knobs and gauges are all original, although because of the adjustments I had to make for storage, the film advance knob and the rewind knob no longer turn.
This 80+ year-old camera itself is approx. 5″ tall. The display bass with dome measures approx. 8.5″ wide and 9.75″ tall.