Very rare Sigmund Lubin Cineograph. This is a hand cranked silent motion picture projector mechanism manufactured around 1905. It is a stunning example some of the earliest and most primitive projection technology. This projector was made in the very first decade of the movie industry's existence.
Those of you familiar with early projectors will notice how similar the design of this projector is to the Edison Kinetoscope. Lubin was infamous for making identical copies of Edison's Films (such as "The Great Train Robbery") He was equally well known for copying Edison's equipment. I am sure that he willfully violated many of Edison's patents when he built this machine.
The oak case measures 14'' x 10'' x 6''
The mechanism is missing the crank and shutter blade, but is otherwise complete and in very good condition showing typical wear from age and use. It turns over very smoothly. When this machine was in operation it would have been mounted on an oak base with iron legs and would have had either a carbon arc or lime light light source housed in a tin box. The film reels would have either mounted on open cast iron arms or could have also been housed in enclosed sheet metal magazines.
The name tag (located above the lens) is a replica. It was missing when I found the machine and a friend of mine made... read more