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Antique 19th Century A T Thompson Boston Magic Lantern Slide Projector Petzval Lens French Import

  • $ 80000


Antique French made magic lantern slide projector with Petzval lens. Imported and retailed by the prestigious Boston firm of A T Thompson & co this wood and coated brass magic lantern is complete with its original slide frame, optics,burners and chimney as well as retaining its original wooden transportation box. It also has a spare threaded lens and brass ring. This antique optical device is well marked with both the importers detail and the country of origins details throughout. This dates to the late 19th century when this was the most sophisticated education device used by schools, fraternities and other government agencies.

Marked on plaque: A T Thompson & Co Makers, 26 Bromfield st, Boston
Scripted on brass lens: A T Thompson & CO, Importers, Boston, MASS
Marked on wooden slide holder: A T Thompson
Marked on box: A Severloh, Special deputy AOUW, Member of Germania Lodge 241, Los Angeles, CAL
Marked on candle holder / light part: Brevete SGD
Trademark, London patent No 713

A great addition to your antique magic lantern collection or eclectic home decor. This would make a great early holiday gift.


Magic Lantern slide projector measures 16" deep by 20.25" tall by 6" wide.

Brass lens measures 2.5" diameter by 3.5" long
Entire lens measures 9.5" long

Box measures 17.5" wide by 14.5" tall by 9" deep

Altogether weighs: 20b 10oz


In good condition considering age and use with some small knicks and scratches to the metal and wooden box, the box does not have a lock- please see all pictures as they form part of the description.


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