The case needed repair (see new stitching) thus took it to local saddler who has done an excellent repair job. One reason the case was split was that it had been used with the Dallmeyer Septac lens which was slightly too long for it and had pushed the front out. The case is probably more scarce than the camera. A case
of prudent restoration
But with the collapsible Daron lens fitted the camera fits the case quite nicely
The case required extensive stitching as can be seen from the new thread.
Dallmeyer Septac fitted ... Daron lens is tiny in comparison
Daron lens fitted ... Septac lens is 'front down' to show the "interrupted thread" which enables the LTM lens to be quickly bayoneted to the body ... not to be confused with the inner focusing helicoil.
Rear views ... at the time the Witness camera was made c. 1951 the Leica M3 was not in production (although the M3 prototype shutter had been patented in 1934)
Camera is much better balanced with the collapsible Daron lens attached. With the Septac lens fitted the camera will not sit without tipping forward.
Have yet to find a Dallmeyer Super-Six f1.9 2" lens as fiited to most Witness cameras. They do turn up occasionally in LTM but seldom by themselves with the 'interrupted thread."
Thanks for looking.