Vintage Magic Lanterns, Optical Toys & Pre-Cinema


Flints Magic Lantern, Optical Toy & Pre-Cinema department hold fine sales twice a year in London. We also sell items in our collector’s auction sales of which we hold three each year.

Vintage Magic Lantern Slides

Our sales contain a wide range of slides that include:

– Mechanical magic lantern slides
– Astronomical magic lantern slides

Vintage Magic Lantern Projectors

Our sales also contain a wide range of Magic Lanterns including:

– Biunial lanterns
– Triunial lanterns
– Victorian Brass & Mahogany lanterns

Early Optical Toys

We offer toys and artefacts from the earliest periods to the late 20th century including:

– Camera lucida
– Zoetropes
– Praxinoscopes
– Phenakistoscope
– Mutoscopes
– Kinora viewers


With years of experience behind us, a comprehensive knowledge in this field, an eye for detail and a worldwide database of buyers and collectors, we will achieve the best possible prices for your items.

If you are considering selling, our experts would be pleased to offer you a free consultation without obligation.




Matt Nunn

Specialist – Scientific Instruments
Tel +44 (0) 7429 788 720