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Includes custom built electric lamp insert (+$30). Shipping price reflects shipping to Norway.

Own the latest in Victorian Edu-tainment! A must have for your steampunk Powerpoints!

Pictures are against one-inch pegboard for scale.

Brass plated lens barrel, tin, steel and wood. 3 inch slide aperture. Four-burner kerosene lamp, with VL8C trade-mark in hinged housing. Very good condition, with slide tray. Exhibits signs of use, but has little rust save fore the chimney, where the extension is fused closed. Under the hinged peep-hole to the wicks is a smoked glass widow which is cracked apart but in place. Imprint on lamp base reads: PARIS BES.D.G No. 126247 / TRADE MARK / VL8C (Logo) / LONDON PATENT No. 719 / BERLIN PATENT No. (Blank)

I have video of this item on a turntable at:
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Professional Magic Lantern shows in theaters we very popular. By 1895 there were between 30,000 and 60,000 lantern showmen in the United States, giving between 75,000 and 150,000 performances a year. These shows in larger venues than one’s parlor used much larger devices, like the four-burner above, and were the blue-ray of the day. Topics ranged from history, travel, victorian edu-tainment and even political events. Everyone was scrambling to get the “toy” home version. Soon the slides and stories got cranked out at a fever pitch. And then came the movies. And we all sort of forgot about slides, unless visiting the in-laws, until Bill Gates reinvented them.

I will include a slide with the sale.

The shipping is more expensive for this item because it is 11.5 lbs, is 17”x6”x10”, and will require careful packaging. Overseas will be USPS Priority Mail International, or UPS. The shipping rate below is for USPS, if you prefer UPS the cost will be about $100 more. Overseas buyers are responsible for all taxes tariffs and fees for customs and import.

Information about Magic Lanterns:
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Typical Magic-Lantern Shows in the 1890s: http://www.victoriana.com/MagicLantern/magiclanternshows.htm
Uber-collector of museum-quality lanterns:
A neat video about current shows by American Magic Lantern Theater:

1860 to 1900 Victorian Magic Lantern, Paris & European Patents


  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: tin, brass, copper, steel, glass, wood, solder, wick
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 7 reviews
  • Favorited by: 45 people