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Ceramic Lanterns are magic lanterns that have a ceramic body, mostly decorated with colourful floral motives. Only a few manufactures produced ceramic lanterns, the German toy makers Johann Falk and Max Dannhorn, and perhaps another manufacturer called Luna. The lantern bodies made by Falk all have ceramic panels in a metal frame; the lantern made by Dannhorn has a single globe body.

Because these lanterns were rather vulnerable, they are very scarce nowadays and therefore much sought after by collectors.

Johann Falk, 1895.

Beautiful German magic lantern with 'Keramikfliesen' (ceramic tiles) on three sides that are decorated with a nice floral design. It has claw feet and nickel plated parts on its metal frame body. The access door on the back of the lantern has the initials "D. R. G. M." embossed into the metal, that stands for 'Deutsche Reichs Gebrauchs Muster', a German patent.The lantern  was on sale in two sizes and with various flower designs. The smallest measures 12.5 x 9 x 22 cm. 

Same lantern with another flower design.

Again the same model with another decoration......  

Photo: ©Pierre Patau, antiquetoysandgames.com.


 ....and still another one.


Max Dannhorn, 1890.

Splendid lantern with spherical ceramic hand painted and glazed lamp house. Oil reservoir and lens support on wooden base. Straight chimney with brass flanges. Produced with several flower decorations. This lantern is breakable and therefore only seldom found nowadays.

Height: 11" (28 cm); diameter lamp house 4" (10 cm).

LUNA, c. 1895.

Metal lantern on folded triangle feet. Framed in front and sides are glazed ceramic panels decorated with decals showing children at play.

A plate under the lantern reads "LUNA D.R.G.M No 192102 PATENTED USA". DRGM points to a German patent (Deutsche Reichs Gebrauchs Muster). Probably the lantern was made in Germany (by Johann Falk?), especially for the American market.

The lantern is about 10 5/8" x 9 1/4" x 3 3/4" (27 x 23.5 x 9.5 cm).

Photos: ©Pierre Patau, antiquetoysandgames.com.
The decorated panels of both sides, showing children at play. Mind the Dutch windmill at the background.



Another LUNA lantern with other children pictures decorating the porcelain tiles. Because the design of the lantern is quite the same of one of the Falk lanterns above, the supposition is justifiable that the manufacturer of this lantern must be Johann Falk too.

Johann Falk, c. 1895.

Another model made by Johann Falk. Height is 10" (25 cm).

Johann Falk, c. 1895.

Another model made by Johann Falk. Height is 16" (40.5 cm) incl. chimney.
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