Magic Lantern

Wooden body, viewed with closed door

This magic lantern is the only one in our collection with a wooden body.  However, the lens tube is made of metal.  Note the wide and sturdy base on this model; this perhaps protected the lantern from being tipped over very easily.  But, being made mostly of wood, one might expect it to be much lighter than magic lanterns made completely of metal, and one might expect this model to pose a greater fire hazard.  The next page gives an explanation for why this model remained relatively safe to use.