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Fancy magic lanterns. An exclusive category is build by magic lanterns that are not recognisable as a magic lantern at first sight because they are disguised as something else, like a Buddha, a mosque or an Eiffel tower. They have been made by among others the French Aubert and the German Carette. All those magic lanterns are very rare and in consequence very expensive.
 
Because of the wide variety of magic lanterns it is almost impossible to classify them in categories. There will always be borderline cases and exceptions and we always could class many of them under several groups.

Besides many models were launched in several sizes and in that case we could classify the smaller ones as toy lanterns and the bigger ones as parlour lanterns.

Nevertheless we will have a try.

Toy lanterns or Children's lanterns. These magic lanterns have small dimensions, have a plain construction and were cheap. They originally were provided with a candle or a small oil lamp as source of light. They are only suitable for showing small magic lantern slides of about 2 till 4 cm wide.

Parlour lanterns.
These lanterns are already a bit larger, have a more solid construction and are consequently more expensive. Because of the larger and more dangerous oil lamps they must not be considered as a toy.

Larger lanterns.
The kind of magic lanterns that were used to present lectures in large rooms and for teaching students at schools or university.

Plural lanterns.
These lanterns were mostly made of wood and brass and consisted of two or three single lanterns that were placed on top of each other or sometimes placed side by side.
Thus amazing effects could be performed, like dissolving views.

Special lanterns.
By this we understand among other things the magic lanterns that are able to show not alone glass magic lantern slides, but also films or non-translucent cards or films, like the cinematographs and episcopes. Also remarkable lanterns like the lamposcope and the street lantern are classed here. 

Fancy lanterns.
An exclusive category is build by magic lanterns that are not recognisable as a magic lantern at first sight because they are disguised as something else, like a Buddha, a mosque or an Eiffel tower.
Buddha

1870, France,  Aubert, very rare,  produced in three versions. This photograph shows the front and back of the eldest version, this version can be recognised by the small door, the lid of the objective and the shape of the roof. Thin brass, painted with alcohol varnish. Size 10x10x44 cm.

See also: Magic Lanterns Louis Aubert.

toverlantaarn boedha Aubert
 
Pagode toverlantaarn
 
Pagoda

1878, Germany, Ernst Plank Nürnberg, extremely rare. This beauty was produced in three versions in different ground colours but only one size. Nice transfers printed on the sides with scenes from the orient. Blank tinplate, a cast-iron handle in the shape of a dragon on the back. (see also: Magic Lanterns Ernst Plank)

Lanterne de l' Orient
or mosque lantern

1890, country and manufacturer unknown, judging by the objective and slide holder probably made in Germany. Decorated with colourful pictures and four minarets. The dome is made of thin brass. Size 15x25x35 cm.



(photo: Fotografica, Nederlandse Vereniging van Fotografie Verzamelaars)


 

 
Eiffeltower

1889, France, Aubert, very rare. This model came in three sizes and was specially produced on the occasion of the World Fair.

(foto: Fotografica, Nederlandse Vereniging van Fotografie Verzamelaars)

Factory

1895, Germany, Georg Carette & Co. Nürnberg, signed. Rare. House of tinplate, lacquered with brown paint, decorated with windows, door and brick chimney. Cast-iron base. Size 36 cm height. (see also: Magic Lanterns George Carette)

 


 


 


 
Car

1902, France, Jouvet Français, very rare. Laterna magica in the shape of a car, with a clockwork engine, controllable front wheels, light source in the engine compartment, detachable bonnet. From the car 'De Dietrich'. Size 30 x 15 x 13 cm.
 

Cathedral

An extraordinary magic lantern in the shape of a Gothic cathedral, maybe a real existing one. The lantern is made of copper and is moulded with intricate details. Probably originally a cross decorated the spire of the tower. The sizes of the base are 21 x 12.5 cm (8.24" x 5") and its height is 21.5 cm (8.5"). The maker of this lantern is unknown.
toverlantaarn, koper, kathedraal
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toverlantaarn kathedraal
 
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