What have a got here and how do I get it out of the case!

Started Aug 27, 2012 | Discussions thread
JohnK
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It's a Leica "Standard"
In reply to The_cheshirecat, Aug 29, 2012

The_cheshirecat wrote:

It is indeed a Leica I, manufactured in 1936 (based on serial #).

It was indeed made in 1936, but it is called a Leica "Standard" according to McKeowns price guide. Also according to McKeown's the Leica 1 was not made after 1931, the last of those was the Leica 1(C). The flash mounting bracket gives it away. The Leica 1's flash mounting bracket is curved, the Leica Standard's is straight across the front, like the OP's.

It looks like it has seen better days and been improperly stored. I don’t think you would ever realize the money spent to put it back into operating condition, but it is still a nice “find”.

Right, mint condition, which this example is not, are $400-600. If the serial number of the lens is from the same date range a slight premium could be expected. Since it was fee, a $200 CLA might not be mis-spent IMO, assuming the lens is OK.
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