Antique Magic Lantern Lamp



Magic Lanterns have been around since before the mid 17th century.  Originally used mostly for displaying silhouettes painted on glass slides, the magic lantern became more popular in the second half of the 18th century as public entertainment at fairs – and the hand painted illustrations, often from multiple magic lanterns, were accompanied by a number of spectacular effects such as clouds of smoke, ratting chains and other sound effects.  A forerunner to the cinema!

This particular model is an early 20th century German-made magic lantern projector made by  Johann Falk Company of Nuremberg.  The original magic lanterns were candle and then oil lamp-powered, however, this model was one of the early electrically-powered ones. It was likely used by children to display fairy tales and other children’s stories, pictorial scenes from around the world, or pictures of historical events.  It has been repurposed into a quirky lamp by the addition of a 40 watt reproduction Edison bulb plus a 4 watt bulb in the interior that shines out the cut outs in the side, as well as through the projection lens.

Size 7″ x 5.5″ x 14″ (18cm x 14cm x 35cm)

All electrical parts are new. Supplied with approximately 6 feet of black vinyl cord with an in-line on/off switch.  Bulb shown is included.

Please be sure to read safety information before purchase.