The Parcells Leica Collection

This Leica collection belonged to Frances Hamilton Parcells (1924-1995), from Grosse Pointe, Michigan. She was an amateur/semi-pro photographer. She specialized in portrait, macro, and nature photography. She shot many famous gardens with close ups of plants and flowers. She had a gifted eye for detail in her photographs which carried over into everything she did, including the meticulous care of her equipment. All her Leica gear is in pristine condition. It was used only by her and never subjected to the rigors of a commercial setting. Her Leica collection is pictured and listed below.

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ID Type Model Catalog Serial mm Notes
1 Lens Elmarit-R 11204 2995130 1:2.8/28 Lens hood(12509) front cap(14172) back cap(14162)
2 Lens Summicron-R 11115 3194239 1:2/35 Front cap(55mm Japan TS) rear cap(14162)
3 Lens Summicron-R 11216 2941913 1:2/50 Front cap(14289 E55) plastic case
4 Lens Macro Elmarit-R 11203 2513343 1:2.8/60 Front cap(14184) plastic case
5 Lens Elmarit-R 11239 2268010 1:2.8/90 Front cap(14089) plastic case
6 Lens Elmarit-R 11919 2355954 1:2.8/180 Front cap(14166) rear cap(14162)
7 Lens Vario-Elmar-R 11226 3036601 1:4.5/75-200 Front cap(14144) rear cap(14162)
8 Lens Telyt 11960 2558143 1:6.8/400 Extender, Pistol Grip, Sholder Stock
9 Body R4 10043 1672494    
10 Body IIIf Black Dial   539965   with light meter, no self timer
11 Body R3 MOT 10033 1510475    
12 Body SL2 50 Jahre 10022 1415965    
13 Extension Tube R-Tube 14182      
14 Accessory 90 Degree Viewfinder 14186     SL2
15 Accessory Shade/Filter holder 12514     for 60mm
16 Lens Elpro VII a 16533   closeup 90mm
17 Lens Elpro 4 16544   closeup  
18 Lens Elpro 3 16543      
19 Filter Polarizer 13359      
20 Filter Polarizer 13370   Series VII  
21 Filter Polarizer 13372   Series VIII  
22 Filter UVa     Series VII  
23 Filter UVa     Series VIII  
24 Accessory Correction Lens 14333     +1.0 14241 +2.0 14333, M3 SL2
25 Accessory Retaining ring for filters 14161     R4 R3 SL2
26 Accessory Retaining ring for filters 14161     R4 R3 SL2
27 Accessory Focusing Screen 14304   plain ground glass R4
28 Accessory Filter Ring Adapter 14165   Series VIII  
29 Lens Caps         14103, (4)14162, 14163, 14172
30 Coin 1 oz sterling silver       Erfinder Der Leica  1879-1936
31 Motor Winder R4 14282      
32 Hand Grip for Motor Winder R4 14283      
33 Strap   14258      

Other Leica equipment not pictured above

ID Type Model Catalog Notes
34 Light meter Metrophot MF-L 13049 for IIIf
35 Light meter Low light booster 16061 for light meter for IIIf
36 Case (camera) Leitz Wetzlar 14504 fits M2 M3 or M4 w/50mm lens and hood
37 Case (lens) E. Leitz New York 98285 #5 Top Grade Cowhide
38 Case (lens) E. Leitz New York 98286 #6 Top Grade Cowhide
39 Case (combo) Universal carrying case III 14809 insert III 14819 shoulder strap 14094 shoulder grip 98094
40 Case (combo) Universal calfskin bag 98297 10 x 15 1/2 x 7" 2 lbs
41 Lens coupling ring Coupling ring 98204 Holds 2 Leicaflex lenses back to back for storage in carrying case 14809
42 Cable Cable release 14067 25cm for the Leica R4
43 Tripod Head Small ball-and-socket head 14119 1/4" tripod thread (Linhof tripod)
44 Passport Warranty Card Holder Cowhide   Holds 8 cards

Leica manuals:

ID Liste Title
1 IIIf Leica Camera Instructions for IIIf
2 111-76 Instructions Leicaflex SL
3 111-94 Instructions Leicaflex SL 2
4 111-107 Instructions Leica R 3
5 331.111-121 Instructions Motor Winder R3 Leica R3-MOT
6 111-117 Instructions Leica R 4
7 111.117 Anleitung Leica R 4
8 311.111-125 Anleitung Motor-Winder R4 zur Leica R4
9 111-82a Instructions Focusing Bellows-R

Leica books

Number Title Author Date
98009 Leicaflex Guide Andrew Matheson 1968
68-16455 The Leicaflex and Leicaflex SL Guide Irving Fitzig 1969
240506707 The Leica & Leicaflex Way Andrew Matheson 1969
328 The Leicaflex Book (1st Edition) Theo Kisselbach 1969
377632550x The Leica Book Theo Kisselbach 1971
3776332816 The Leicaflex Book Theo Kisselbach 1972
871000032 Leica Manual The Complete Book of 35mm Photography Douglas O Morgan 1973
090644702x The Leica Collectors Guide Hove Camera Foto Books 1976
906447054 Leica The First Fifty Years G Rogliatti 1979
906447127 Leica-R4 Reflex Manual (1st Edition) Theo Kisselbach 1981

Leica catalogs

Number Title Author Date
45 Photographic Equipment Leitz Leica 1972
none Amphoto Catalog 1973 Amphoto 1973
50M 11574 Photographic Equipment Retail Price List Leitz 1974
98012 Leica Product Directory 50 Leica 1976
121.100-001 General Catalogue Leitz 1977
10M-11/80B Photographic Equipment Price List Leica 1980
111-133 Useful Accessories for the Leica R4 Leitz 1981
100-021 Handbook of the Leica-System Leitz 1982
none Retail Price List Leica 1992

Leica history

Number Title Author Date
92-100-92 A Brief Leica Chronicle Leitz 1969
none A Brief Leica Chronicle Since 1913 Leitz 1971
221.100-030 Oskar Barnack Centenary Ernst Leitz GMBH 1980
none Leica Quarterly Leica January 1981
none Leica Quarterly Leica April 1981
none Leica Quarterly Leica May 1982
none Leica Quarterly Leica October 1982
none Leica Quarterly Leica January 1983

Leica promotional materials

Liste Title Date
1546 All about camera lenses 1970
111-80a Leicaflex SL 21 Note-Worthy Features 1970
111-75c Leicaflex SL 1974
221.911-294 Leitz Information Service 1977
113.111-113 Useful Accessories for the Leica R3 1977
none 50mm Summicron-R f/2 Now in 3 Versions 1978
314.111-078 Instructions Elpro-Lenses 1978
221.911-295 Leitz Information Service 1978
221.911-339 A camera which can do the lot simply - Leica R4 1980
121.111-120 Leica R3-MOT Leica R3 1980
221.111-138 Leica R4-MOT 1980
121.111-133 Lenses for the Leica R system 1980
121.160.023 The Leica R In The Near-Focusing Range 1980
111-133 Lenses for the Leica R system 1981
111-138 The Leica R4 1981
910488 Leica R-System 1992
121.111-20 Leica R3 MOT  
211.911-301-298 Versatile and highly efficient 50 and 90 mm  

Misc:

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non-Leica equipment

Type Make Model Notes
Binoculars Jason Venture 4000 8x20 341 ft. at 1000 yds.
Cable Release AGC (Gauthier of Calmbach) Prontor 16"
Camera Polaroid Big Shot With 4 Flash Cubes
Camera Kodak Instamatic 500  
Case Kalimar K2082 Chrome
Filters and Adaptors Various   Series VII and VIII compatible
Flash Gun Metz 203 Mecablitz  
Flash Gun Regula Variant 740 2-MC  
Flash Gun Sunpac auto 422D Auto Thyristor Electronic Flash Unit
Flash Gun Vivitar 283 With Quick Release Pistol Grip and Soft Light/Bounce Diffuser Kit
Flash Gun Vivitar 281  
Handle     Holds a flash unit away from the camera
Lamp Powelite 200 4 (or 2) GE lamps No. PH 375/34R4
Light Meter Gossen Lunasix Electronic & Super Pilot  
Light Meter GE DW-48 Photo-Exposure, Darkroom, and Light Meter
Light Meter Norwood Flashrite Director Products Corp
Light Meter Wein WP-500B Flash Meter
Mount ROWI   Swiveled Camera Mount
Ring Light Unitron RL80 Product No. 39100 with Step-Down Adapter to Series VII Macro-Elmarit-R 60mm f/2.8
Slide Binders Kodak 20-EK Stereo Readymount Binders Aluminum stereo mount frames with ultra-thin micro glass covers
Slide Binders Brumberger 1156 20-2"x2" All Steel for 35mm Films
Slide Binders Gepe Glaslosa Diaramar 24x36 100ST  
Slide Binders Realist Stereo Permamounts for Projectors and Viewers David White Company Milwaukee 12 Wis. 40 pieces of glass
Slide Binders Fodeco Pocket Veiwer Technical Devices Corp
Stand Welt/Safe-Lock Inc Overhead Lighting 2 tripods with crossbar
Tripod Linhof   3-sections, rapid clamp locks, 35 mm diameter sliding centerpost, convertible feet, metal spikes/rubber tips
Tripod Gitza Gilux Reporter R.No.2