Tripod Tilt Head Model C. Quality Wooden Tripods, Since 1936 in Hollywood California. Ries Tilt Head Model G and Wooden Tripod Model C Vintage HollywoodVintage Ries Tilt Head Model G and Tripod Model C, manufactured by the Ries Camera Company, 1314 Beachwood Drive, Hollywood, California, late 1930's/early 1940's.
Ries tripods were used by movie studios to produce still shots alongside motion picture cameras. The tilt head is marked Model G with the Serial No. 31, the tripod legs being marked Model C with the Serial No. Several patents were granted to Paul L.
Ries for their tripod designs (Patent No's 2,234,357 and 2,526,046). The head and tripod's patina reflects its use over the years, but all the fittings are present and everything functions as it should. There are no visible cracks, and everything appears original, the exception being the soft tip leg ends that may be replacements. The unit could benefit from a thorough cleaning and polishing. The length with the legs extended is approximately 62" from the tilt-head top to the leg end; this gives it a maximum working height of about 56".The crown base that's attached to the rotating/tilting head (and tripod legs), is 3-7/8 in diameter. The tilting head itself measures 4-1/2" at its longest point (two of the edges are angled at one end) by 3-3/8" wide. The thread diameter of the mounting bolt measures 6.16 mm. I assume to be 1/4 inch for working purposes.
Well-engineered and versatile, the tripod legs are reversible with a soft end for interior work and spiked ends for the field. The tripod legs extend quickly and easily and were drilled at the feet to accommodate a bottom spreader if desired. Not that it needed one, as Ries' patented adjustable retainer could vary and limit the spread of each leg. When one realizes the genius and simplicity of the design, it's easy to see why this tripod was so successful.
Founded in 1936 in Hollywood, Ries is still in business today, located in Bremerton, Washington. A great, and still usable piece of Hollywood history! The item "Rare Vintage Ries Camera Wooden Tripod Tilt Head Model C Amber Knobs" is in sale since Sunday, November 15, 2020. This item is in the category "Cameras & Photo\Tripods & Supports\Tripods & Monopods". The seller is "bbigalow" and is located in San Jose, California.
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