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Michael Gilligan07/09/2021 15:35:04
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This strange little monogram is on the underside of the top-plate on a rather good [but as yet unidentified] ball-head for a camera tripod.

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The plate is die-cast light alloy, and the mark is approximately 5mm overall diameter ... As this is the only 'branding' on the whole item, it may at least give me a Country of Origin with which to start my search.

Any ideas, please ...

MichaelG.

Grindstone Cowboy07/09/2021 16:19:40
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Couldn't possibly be an early Manfrotto logo, could it? (Just guessing).

Rob

Martin King 207/09/2021 16:26:28
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Michael.

+1 for Manfrotto, rings a definite bell with me!

Martin

Michael Gilligan07/09/2021 16:30:28
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Posted by Grindstone Cowboy on 07/09/2021 16:19:40:

Couldn't possibly be an early Manfrotto logo, could it? (Just guessing).

Rob

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Thanks for the suggestion, Rob

The head doesn’t look like any Manfrotto product I have ever seen, and is significantly lighter than most … but your guess is logical enough.

MichaelG.

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P.S. __ The body is painted green, and the top-plate grey … and the locking lever is Bakelite or similar.

Michael Gilligan07/09/2021 16:36:54
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**LINK**

https://1000logos.net/manfrotto-logo/

With the eye of faith, I suppose they might be related.

MichaelG.

Michael Gilligan07/09/2021 16:44:36
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A quick snapshot :

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Grindstone Cowboy07/09/2021 17:47:07
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With the eye of faith, I suppose they might be related.

MichaelG.

Even though I suggested it, I can't summon enough faith to think it's the same now. indecision

I didn't realise Manfrotto only started in the 1960s, your logo looks a bit earlier than that to me.

Rob

Grindstone Cowboy07/09/2021 18:03:02
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And looking again, could it represent EW (or WE)? Or EVV?

Intriguing...

Rob

Bob Stevenson07/09/2021 18:45:08
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I think this might be for 'Meopta' the Czech maker.

mgnbuk07/09/2021 19:15:06
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I think this might be for 'Meopta' the Czech maker.

Michael's logo is different to any of those that Meopta list in their history :

Meopta logos

Can't recall seeing anything like that before & it is nothing like my more recent Manfrotto model.

Nigel B.

Dave Halford07/09/2021 20:02:35
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It does look a bit Eastern Block style

Michael Gilligan07/09/2021 22:24:54
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idea … I wonder if it could have been made for the Zeiss Jens ‘Werra” camera : These were available in a rather fetching Olive Green trim.

MichaelG.

Roderick Jenkins07/09/2021 22:51:26
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I thought the shape of that locking handle looked familiar:

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It is paired with a Linhof tripod that my parents had, probably from the early '60s.

Stay well,

Rod

Michael Gilligan07/09/2021 23:03:03
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Excellent, Rod … Many thanks !!

Funily enough, my first instinct was Linhof … but I couldn’t find a model with such simple lines.

That’s made my day yes

MichaelG.

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Edit: __ and yours reveals the maker as Schiansky

Edit: __ now I know that ^^^ they are surprisingly easy to find:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/184887232455

Edited By Michael Gilligan on 07/09/2021 23:19:43

Grindstone Cowboy07/09/2021 23:25:50
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Good result!

Rob

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