Antique Magic Lantern with Three Circular Slides
This antique magic lantern was most likely made in germany in the late 1800s. The body is black painted tin with silver colored tin accents. This magic lantern comes with three circular glass slides. The slides are lithographed with fanciful, fairy-tale-like images. A magic lantern was the first slide projector. It was invented in the 17th century and this one features a kerosene lantern built into the body. There is a chimney for the burn-off and it has a wick that is adjustable. This lantern features two nested lenses that allows the user to roughly focus the slides. These were very popular children’s toys and were the home entertainment system of the victorian era. Each slide would come with a story, and the projectionist would reach the story as they changed the slides. These are very rare and hard-to-find these days. The round slides are also extremely rare. This listing includes the magic lantern, the lantern lenses and kerosene burner and three glass slides. The original box is missing. The brass hand clip in the photos is not included, we just used to to show the slides. Measurements: 10.5″ tall, 7.5″ long, 4.5 wide. The slides are 3.25 in diameter. This item is made of tin and glass.