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Images of Magic Lanterns

In 2003, Christie’s of London auctioned the John Finney Collection of Magic Lanterns. Formed by a Society member over many years, the collection represented one of the largest collections of Magic Lanterns in private hands.

By kind permission of Christie’s we reproduce here a selection of items from the extensive sale catalogue. Each image below links to a selection of lanterns of the same type.

The selection of images gives a good impression of the wide variety and styles of lantern that were produced in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries:

image of cinematograph lantern image of French ornate lantern image of French biunial lantern image of American 'Peacock' lantern image of British scientific projector
Cinematograph Lanterns French Ornate Lanterns French and American Lanterns American and British Lanterns British and Scientific Lanterns
image of British biunial lantern image of British biunial lantern image of carbon arc illuminant image of ether burner illuminant image of adjustable lantern chimney
Biunial Lanterns Biunial Lanterns Illuminants Illuminants Lantern Accessories