The Kershaw Eight-Twenty Curlew is a heavily-built folding camera taking eight 6x9cm exposures on 120 rollfilm. Kershaw of Leeds, England, prototyped the Curlew in 1947, but production ran from 1950-1952. Less than 300 Curlews were made in total - over three models:
|Curlew I||Kershaw Critak 105mm f6.5||3-speed|
|Curlew II||Kershaw Critak 105mm f4.5||Epsilon, 4-speed, 1/25-1/150|
|Curlew III||Taylor Hobson Roytal 105mm f/3.8||Talykron 1s-1/400|
|Curlew III||Taylor Hobson Roytal 105mm f/4.5||Epsilon 1/25-1/150|
Models II & III have double-exposure prevention; the III has a frame-measuring device to stop winding at the correct point - which adds a small switch to the back of the top-plate, marked FREE/LOCK. The name and model is inscribed both on the top plate, behind the shutter release, and on the front - below the viewfinder. The top plate has a flip-up optical viewfinder, with a "ready to expose" indicator, showing black when winding is required and red when ready. The back door is plain except for an octagonal red window, with a thumb-knob-operated internal cover. The folding bed is released by a large button in the base. The film spools sit in hinged carriers to aid insertion and removal.