MAGIC LANTERN. Pettibone New Improved Sciopticon. Cincinatti, Ohio: Pettibone Mfg. Co., c. 1890.

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MAGIC LANTERN.
Pettibone New Improved Sciopticon. Cincinatti, Ohio: Pettibone Mfg. Co., c. 1890.

Sold for US$ 2,750 inc. premium

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22 Oct 2014, 13:00 EDT

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MAGIC LANTERN.
Pettibone New Improved Sciopticon. Cincinatti, Ohio: Pettibone Mfg. Co., c. 1890.
2 part metal magic lantern projector, round metal body with original oil burner approx. 280 x 255 mm, metal and glass lens portion approx. 150 x 127 mm. The two joined together by 10 gold-colored foliate metal legs, to two metal arms with gold-colored acorn end-caps. The whole mounted onto a 510 x 305 mm mahogany base. With original aluminum revolving slide disc with 10 hand-colored glass slides each approx. 75 mm in diameter, depicting a variety of scenes, including the great Pyramids of Egypt, a scholar in his study, a jungle scene with dragons and snakes, and a tropical scene. In the original wood and iron case, case with original manufacturer's operation instructions pasted to inside lid. 2 slides cracked, case worn.

A very attractive example of the popular Pettibone magic lantern projector. Magic lanterns were an early form of the motion picture projector, and were originally developed in the 17th century. They were widely used by traveling showmen known as "Savoyards" who traveled around giving lantern shows projected onto white backdrops, and were also popular parts of magic acts.
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MAGIC LANTERN. Pettibone New Improved Sciopticon. Cincinatti, Ohio: Pettibone Mfg. Co., c. 1890.
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