Fascinating brass and gray magic lantern or slide projector from the Netherlands. For at least two centuries before motion picture cinema, people gathered to watch glass slides on a magic lantern. Images were sometimes animated by sliding two or three glass slides back and forth in front of the lens. This example of a magic lantern shows the transition from candlelight to electric light, as the lamp and wires were added to the well-ventilated central chamber of the projector in the early 20th century. Lenses and slide mechanisms in working order. Slide holder holds two or three slides at a time. European wiring is brittle. Dimensions 11 1/2 x 17 1/2 x 14 inches. From Amsterdam in the late 19th century. Glass slides from the Netherlands, Germany, and Spain are available, as well.