Sonne C4 Silver Leica copie camera Nr.46010 (Italy) Ex++ with 50/2 Xenon Schneider-Kreuznach Col. lens Ex++ Nr.3506411 Ex++ , leather lifting in corners
Circa 1953 Like Sonne C with two windows only.
Extra large (14x20) viewfinder window,protruding above the much higher top.
33mm base rangefinder with pointed cam.
E/M synchronization selection by a tiny wheel located on the front of the body(near the usual Leica slow speed dial place )
shining chrome knobs, frame counter,dial and release.
weight without lens 480 g.
Working camera , light haze nice vintage
Who made the Sonne?
During WW2, officine Galileo had a plant 5 via San Giorgio, Pordenone (60km northeast of Venice)
As peace came back,one of the employees, Antonio Gatto, undertook to manufacture in this factory but under his name a Leica copy designed by the Signor Pignat ( Gatto's Company is often called "Pordenone")
The name chosen for the camera, Sonne means Sun in German (a rising sun is engraved on the top) The choice of a German brand (even for the lens.since Adlenar comes from Adler,eagle in German) and the large "German Patent" marking on some bodies show clearly a will to give a high class image to the camera.
More: the first Sonne was intentionally named "IV" (at a time when the Leica top model was the IIIc...)
Unfortunately, no advertising was done to sell the Sonnes- which soon disappeared ( they were however sold in France up to 1958 !)
300 Leica copies / Pont Princelle