Arthur made me a gift of a small leather box he’s had for many years. I was delighted, because it had always fascinated me… but I hadn’t taken a good look at the thing until today. The top says Voigtländer, the bottom Germany 90/083 and the snap PRYM 2 ECHT.
The box held a viewfinder for a 1950s/60s era Voigtländer camera, possibly the Vitessa.
‘Prym 2 echt’ means ‘authentic Prym’. The William Prym GmbH & Co. is the oldest family business in Germany, going back to 1530. They do business world wide and still manufacture brass and copper materials.
In today’s throw-away world the craftsmanship of such a case is deeply appreciated.