Wooden Bodied Lanterns

The most expensive magic lanterns in Victorian times were those with wooden bodies. These were fine examples of the cabinet makers art. The lanterns were usually made of mahogany  or polished walnut (or even teak for tropical climates). The example shown here is a lantern made by the London firm of "Newton & Co." This particular lantern is somewhat unusual having a chimney of polished copper rather than the traditional "Russian iron". The convoluted shape of the chimney helped disperse the intense heat of the lime light burner illuminant.