Homepage 'de Luikerwaal' Magic Lanterns, manufactured by
Archer and Sons.

English family of lantern and slides manufacturers and dealers in Liverpool, from 1857 to 1900s. Initially working under the name Archer & Inch, later under Archer's name alone. The business was founded by William Frederick Archer; in the early 1880s his three sons joined in the business. In the 1890s the company was organised into three departments, each managed by one of the brothers: one for the lanterns and accessories, one for general optic goods, and one for photographic equipment. In the late 1880s and 1890s Archer and Sons were probably one of the largest lantern manufacturers in the North of England.
Archer magic lantern with a very impressive brass telescopic projecting lens.

The lantern measures approx 17 3/4 inches (45 cm) long with the lens retracted, and approx 28 1/2 inches (72.5 cm) when it's fully extended. The height is 10 inches (25 cm) to the top of the lamp house. The lantern is made from lacquered brass and tinplate.

The brass optic system has a 1 1/2 inch (4 cm) diameter projection lens, and an internal 4 inch (10 cm) diameter condenser lens. The projection lens has a hinged cover, and rack and pinion focusing adjustment.

There is an hinged door at one side, which has a blue glass inspection window for checking the lamp flame.


This remarkable magic lantern is measuring 12" by 3 1/2"; 14 1/4" tall ( c. 30.5 x 9 x 36 cm).

Noteworthy is the double snapped chimney.




A stunning mahogany and brass magic lantern.


A brass and Japanned tin magic lantern by Archer & Sons.
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