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John Lizars
The Scottish lantern and slide dealer J. Lizars established his business as a maker of optical and scientific instruments in Glasgow in 1830. By the 1890s Lizars was one of the largest lantern dealers in Scotland.

John Lizars Magic Lantern CHALLENGE made in Edinburgh, Scotland consisting of a large polished mahogany lamp house with doors on the sides of the projector and a door with opening at the rear which allows attending to the light source, a four wicks oil lamp with a tall blued iron chimney, and a quality un-marked 71/2" f/4.7 focusing brass lens.

The same model, now provided with another chimney and projection lens.

A fine brass and mahogany magic lantern manufactured by Lizars, Scotland c. 1900.
The lantern is made of mahogany with brass fittings. Russian iron top/chimney and iron lining with heat insulation.
The lantern base measures 15 inches by 10 inches (35 x 25 cm). The overall length with the bellow/lens fully extended is 30 inches (76 cm). The lens is marked "8 Inch". A rear velvet curtain is mounted on a bended brass row.
Beautiful Scottish magic lantern in black tin, complete with its original metal case. The brass objective is marked 'J. Lizars Optician Glasgow'. The lantern dates from about 1890 to 1900.

A large magic lantern by John Lizars of Glasgow made of mahogany and brass provided with red bellows, 10” objective lens and tinplate chimney. To the rear, a velvet curtain hangs from a brass bow. Bellows extension is achieved by turning the handle at the front of the lantern. At maximum extension, length 77cm, height 33cm.
Maker’s plaques are affixed to each side of the lamp house.


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