Lot 733    

Fine Megalethoscope and Rare Cabinet Containing Views,
2008, Spring Historic Americana, June 5 & 6, 2008
36" x 20" x 24" high, mahogany and steel with four turned legs, bottom tray and rectangular tapered viewer, which rotates 45 degrees for viewing images with either vertical or horizontal format, with all lenses. Rear drop down door with illustrated printed label, both sides and top have lovely chromolithographed Renaissance portraits of young ladies. Megalethoscope is in original finish with nice dark patina. This lot includes 50 Italian, Swiss, German, Austrian and Egyptian scenic albumen views, 13.5" x 9.5", many with pinpricked special effects, such as burning buildings and volcanic eruptions, all mounted in period walnut cabinet, made to hold 100 views and for the Megalethoscope to rest on the top. The cabinet is 22" x 49" x 44" high, with two paneled doors, paneled ends with heavy brass handles for moving, thumb molded top and bracket base. The Megalethoscope was invented by Carlo Ponti in Venice, ca 1870. It uses either an internal light source or a system of opening doors admitting light to illuminate the photographs which are also colored and pierced to let light through, all creating dramatic effects.

Condition:  
A few of the views with some damage, mainly being chips on the frames rather than damage to albumens, cabinet lacking finish, overall VG.
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