Homepage 'de Luikerwaal' Magic Lanterns, various manufacturers
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magic lantern enlarger Pollock GlasgowMahogany, brass and tinplate magic lantern/enlarger with a maker's plate reading 'Pollock & Stewart, Opticians, 41 Renfield Street, Glasgow'.

Starting from the front end it has a brass objective lens inscribed with 'Triple Achromatic Lens, J.H.Dallmeyer, London No. 5110', fitted with an amber filter, both set into a mahogany front plate connected by bellows to the condenser/slide carriage chamber. Focusing is by a rack and pinion system on the underside.

The condenser box houses an excellent compound lens 5.5.ins in diameter and a modified single slide carriage for slides 3.25 x 2.25 ins. The rear of this is connected via bellows to the tin light chamber which is finished in a rough granulated black paint. This chamber has a hinged door fitted with a red glazed peephole, a removable chimney, and a rear removable cover.

The lantern measures, when closed up, 70 x 21 x 44 cm.

This late 19th, early 20th Century magic lantern is a wonderful piece of equipment from the maker's " Adams and Company" of "Charing Cross Road, London, WC".

The mahogany projector essentially consists of three sections, a housing for the lamp and its condenser lens, then the section for holding the slide and finally the projecting lens at the front. These sections are all joined together with bellows to restrict the passage of light. The whole stands on a beautifully moulded mahogany base containing a drawer to the one side. This base then supports a number of brass rails upon which the three sections can be moved. The lamp housing contains a tin box for protecting the woodwork from the heat of the lamp and above has a copper chimney. It is moved on the rails to extend or contract the focal length by a winding handle in the back. The bellows lead to the slide mount, this section in fact being fixed to the base. This then leads to the bellows and the front of the projector which can be adjusted via a brass knurled knob underneath the image holding section. The lens can be removed or adjusted using selections of brass knurled knobs and attachments.

The magic lantern measures approximately 22 inches in length (56 cm), the base has a maximum width of 8.25 inches (21 cm) and, with the chimney in place, stands 17 inches high (43 cm).


This interesting late 19C early 20C magic lantern is made by 'Ross of London' and is the 'No. 1 model No.889'. It is a beautiful example of high quality engineering. The Mahogany base board measures 16 3/4" x 6 1/2" (42.5 x 16.5 cm). The lantern is c. 11" (28 cm) tall.


This lantern has a beautiful mahogany base, lamp house, lens plate, and back plate. It has two side opening doors with brass framed peepholes having blue glass. The inside of the doors and lamp chamber are lined with Russian iron. The lantern has a four inch condenser and double extension focusing by means of the bellows and the conventional rack and pinion. The brass objective lens tube is engraved with The "British" J.T.Chapman Manchester. The front plate carries a makers ivory plate which reads The "British" Josiah T. Chapman Albert Square Manchester.

The lantern measures 54 x 22 x 44 cm tall.

Brass and mahogany magic lantern made by the Birmingham based British company J Lancaster and Son, c. 1900. Size approx 38 cm tall, 47 cm long, and 18 cm wide.
 Woodbury magic lantern This English Sciopticon is almost similar to the American Sciopticon made by L.J. Marcy (See: Magic lanterns, Various manufacturers U.S.A. 1). It was made by the English manufacturer and inventor of the Woodburytype slide-making process, Walter Bentley Woodbury, who was impressed by Marcy's Sciopticon during a visit to America and had determined to introduce it to Britain on his return (c.1872).
A brass label on the front reads "THE WOODBURY IMPROVED SCIOPTICON".
Characteristic of this magic lantern are the double bended chimney and the large handle at the back. A gold painted label on the side door says it was made by

Abraham Abraham was an optician and instrument maker who operated from about 1817 in Liverpool, England. After a partnership with the optician Charles West in 1851 a company known as A. Abraham & Co. was formed.

The lantern measures 16" tall x 13 1/2" (40.5 x 34 cm).

Mahogany and brass magic lantern, made by the English scientific instrument maker Edward George Wood. Tin roof and chimney. The lantern is 22" long and 16" (high 56 x 40.5 cm). At one side a white engraved name plate with the name of the manufacturer 'E.G. Wood, 74 Cheapside, London'

Charming Victorian brass and mahogany magic lantern. Made in London by the Griffin Company. The name of the maker is painted on the base of the original gas burner. The lantern is approx 13" high, 18" long with a 10" wide base (33 x 46 x 25.5 cm).
Giant Magic Lantern, W.I. Chadwick, Manchester.
The wood body of this wonderful antique projector measures 15 x 10 x 8 inches (38 x 25,5 20.5 cm); with the bellows extended it measures about 30 inches ( 76 cm) long. The sliding nose tube extends 4 inches (10 cm) and the rack and pinion extends it a further ¾ inch (2 cm). The white nameplate is engraved: W.I. Chadwick, St.Mary’s St. Manchester.

The lantern is accompanied by handwritten Directions for Use with Stewards' letterhead.
Magic lantern made by the English manufacturer and retailer of magic lanterns and scientific instruments James Henry Steward, active from 1856 in London.

J. H. Steward, London.
Mahogany lamphouse with label J. H. STEWARD, 406 STRAND, LONDON, two side-opening doors, three side-mounted hinged ventilators, a three-wick patent refulgent lamp with chimney. Condensing lens, black-painted metal lens mount and a lacquered-brass bound rack and pinion focusing lens.
magic lantern Euphaneron London This Magic Lantern has a brass plate which says 'MM the Euphaneron E.G. Wood 74 Cheapside London.'

The distinctive paraffin lamp of the Euphaneron was originally issued with two wicks in the form of a 'V'. Later a further two wicks were added and the arrangement took the form of a 'W'.
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