Johan Falk Magic Lantern, ca. 1910
We live in Minneapolis, and my sons and I got this at an estate sale just outside of the city. We bought it for $250.
Well, this is really a nice magic lantern. Most of them are made by a company like Ernst Plank. And they're fairly easy to find. You pointed out that right here has "J.F."
Yup, it's the only markings we found on it.
Yeah, well, that means this is a Johan Falk, made in Germany. And it is really charming with the ceramic panels, hand-painted flower decorations on the sides and the front. The run-of-the-mill Plank magic lanterns can be $200, $300, $400. This is another kettle of fish.
Last one of these I saw sell at auction in Europe was something in the range of 4,800 euro, which is, I think, around $6,500.
I need to go to those garage sales you're going to.
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