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Reid and Sigrist

Reid and Sigrist was an English engineering company based at Desford, Leicestershire. It was an instrument manufacturer in the interwar era, specialising in aircraft applications and mainly producing aircraft parts and instruments, but later became a camera manufacturer. During World War II it was also involved in aircraft maintenance.


Fred Sigrist was a Managing Director of Hawker Aircraft and the company was set up to supply parts for Hawker aircraft.

Aircraft instruments

The company's main product was aircraft instruments, with the most notable being a turn and slip indicator.

Aircraft production

R.S.3 Desford

In 1937 the company formed an aviation division at the New Malden, Surrey factory site.[1] The first product was a twin-engined advanced trainer, the R.S.1 "Snargasher" (1939) which was eventually relegated to company "hack" used primarily at the factory and Desford aerodrome.


After the Second World War the company was requested by the British government to produce the Reid camera based on the Leica patents and drawings which had been seized by the Allies. The first camera went on general sale in 1951 and the company produced cameras until 1964.

  • Reid III – based on the Leica III series with production of about 1,600 cameras from 1951.
  • Reid I – a simplified version and similar to the Leica E on sale from 1958, with a production run of about 500 mainly to the British military.
  • Reid II – a proposed model announced in 1959, a Reid III without the slower speeds. It did not enter production.



  1. ^ Gunston 1993, p. 250.


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