Houghtons dates back to 1834 when George Houghton joined Antoine Claudet as glass sellers. They sold Daguerrotype requisites. After the death of Claudet, the company became known as Houghtons Ltd in 1904. In 1915, Houghtons joined W. Butcher for manufacturing purposes and the two finally merged in 1926 as Houghton-Butcher (Great Britain) Ltd. The selling arm of the company, Ensign Ltd, was set up in 1930. In 1945, Houghtons joined forces with Elliot & Sons to form Barnet-Ensign. Barnet Ensign Ross followed in 1948 and Ross-Ensign in 1954. The Houghton firm disappeared about 1961. For the sake of continuity, I have listed all Ensign cameras under the Houghton-Butcher heading.
Here are the Art Deco Houghton cameras in my collection with date of introduction and film type.
I use a star system to rate cameras against their Art Deco credentials.
|Iconic: Famous, well-known and celebrated|
|Significant: Pronounced and self evident|
|Noteworthy: Worth giving special attention|
|Acceptable: Modest and restricted|
|Limited: Minor and insubstantial|
Box Ensign 2½
Ensign Pocket E-20
Ensign Pocket Twenty
Ensign Selfix 20 g
Ensign Midget 33
Ensign Midget 55
Ensign Midget 22
Ensign Mickey Mouse
Ensign Selfix 20 j
Ensign Selfix 220
Barnet Ensign Ross Ful-Vue II