The Koto Seiki Company of Japan manufactured the "Lovely" in 1948. The rectangular shape resembles the later Minolta and Mamiya 16mm cameras and resembling many 110 camera twenty years later. The other camera of the period using this style was the Top and like the Top the Lovely used paper backed roll film taking a negative of 14x14mm; although the original box is marked 18x18.
It has a simple fixed focus lens and shutter speeds of B and 25-100.
The lens is protected with a hinged door, in a style that was later seen in the Gami 16. This door is often missing. A complete sample in box sold for 2550USD in 1991.
The film is advanced by a folding wind key on the top of the camera and the shutter speed selection is to the right of the lens.
An almost identical camera called the Robin was made around the same time. Both cameras are rare in Japan and elsewhere.
See "Spy Camera" page 81 Michael Pritchard and Douglas St. Denny.
|Shutter||1/25, 1/50, 1/100|
|Film Door lock|
|Dimensions||2.5x1.25x1 inches (width x height x depth)|
|Date of Manufacture|
|Auction Price||Ebay 20110424 asking price 20000USD|
Last Updated on 24th April 2011