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Useful and decorative objects, the valuable to the worthless, the wonderful to the hideous, but always with a connection to the magic lantern.


Figurine of a small child carrying a magic lantern and a hurdy gurdy, c. 11 cm tall.


Criterion Magic Lantern Theater Building Figurine.
Part of the Dickens Village by Department 56. Made from porcelain and zinc alloy. Approximately 6.7 inches tall (17cm).

The building is lighted by an electrical standard cord with flicker bulb.
This part coordinates with The Amazing Magic Lantern Show below.


The Amazing Magic Lantern Show.

Porcelain figurine. Part of the 2017 Dickens Village series by Department 56.
The theme of this show is Alice In Wonderland. Village Lighted Accessory. Measures 2.75" H x 2.5" W x 3.25" D.


Beautiful (wall)plate from the French manufacturer Hautin & Boulenger with a beautiful edge in relief. 19th century.
Assiette parlante no 12, Apparition inattendue de nouvelles ombres chinoises (an unexpected appearance of the new shadow images). Diameter: 19,5 cm.

Ombres Chinoises is the European version of the Chinese show with shadow images, introduced in Europe by returning travelers around 1775.

Who needs a bulky iPhone taking up space in your pocket when you can carry a miniature movie theatre in your walking stick? The top of the "magic lantern" cane slides up and acts as a portable projector. Point it at the nearest wall to view the slides with coloured illustrations housed within the shaft. A tiny torch brings the full-colour slideshow to life though the small flame would not produce light enough for a large projection. The viewing distance would probably be closer to 3 feet (8 cm) for a bright projection. By means of the tripod legs the cane stands on its own. It is probably English and from the 1880s. There are no markings that reveal information about its origins and manufacturer.
Photo: Mentalfloss.com.
Features (source: Newsletter from the Magic Lantern Society of the United States and Canada July 2019): Gently twisting and pulling the cone handle reveals a carriage-slot to hold the lantern slide. The illuminant is a cotton wick inside the ball. There is a reservoir in the top of the cane with extra cotton material. The chimney is pulled up from the ball; it would be completely removed to light the wick and then replaced. There is a parabolic mirror inside the rear of the ball to focus the light. Metal adjustable tripod legs (attached to matching wood) are stored inside the upper part of the cane (along with the lantern slides). The tripod legs replace the bottom portion of the cane.
Dimensions: Cane is 34" (86 cm) tall, handle is about 4.65 (12 cm) end-to-end, the ball part of the head is roughly 2" (5 cm) in diameter. Each glass slide is 1" x 4.35" (2.5 x 11 cm).
This is an assembled model of an Ernst Plank magic lantern outfit made out of card stock.. On the back it reads, "The Magic Lantern Society of Great Britian Membership, 1986. It is really a great display piece. Size is 4 1/2" x 3" (ca 11,5 x 7,6 cm).
This special table lamp is built around an authentic antique magic lantern, made at the beginning of the last century by the famous manufacturer of magic lanterns, Ernst Plank from Nuremberg. The manufacturer's trademark "E.P." is pressed into the front bracket. The lens has now been replaced by an electrical fitting with an energy-efficient 1.2 W LED bulb that gives as much light as a regular 15 W bulb. The bulb provides a pleasant warm light in harmony with the cosy look of the magic lantern. The dimensions are approx. 28 cm long, 9.5 cm wide and 27 cm high. These kind of magic lanterns often had a simple candle as a light source and therefore a metal candlestick with candle is also included. A real glass magic lantern slide is also included. It can be placed near the lantern. (Marktplaats.nl)
Porcelain figurine of a young magic lantern showman and a girl with a hurdy-gurdy.
Probably made by Sitzendorf, around 1860. The young man is sitting on the magic lantern and holds the chimney pipe firmly in his hand (erotic symbolism?). The statue is 16.5 cm high.

Picture for album of verses.
Size 7 x 11 cm.
A set of naughty lithophanes. When these thin porcelain tiles are kept against the light, often a surprisingly beautiful picture appears. They are often used in night lamps, candlesticks, lampshades, fireplaces and tea lights and were also hung in front of the window.

A small pen box made of pressed cardboard.
Dimensions 20 x 5 x 2.5 cm. On the cover a homely scene with a boy giving a performance with a magic lantern for his friends.


An oak and copper printing block for printing an image of a biunial magic lantern. The reversed word that is under it says "Bannister". Probably used for an advertisement or illustration in a book.

Music box in the form of an antique film projector that can be used to store personal small items, jewellery, etc. The mirror in the side door can be used for applying makeup. Made from high-quality ABS plastic. Size: 16 x 6 x 21 cm. Trade mark: Keystone.

Use: Turn the music box handle four times and you can enjoy the relaxing music box music.

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