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The pictured item is 5 3/4 inches high.

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#35 CustomerNBWL 2019-05-26 15:33
I agree with the lithophane guesses.
#34 Answer from Kovelskovels.com 2019-05-24 15:49
It’s a reproduction lithophane lamp. Has a metal holder with molded porcelain picture panels. Put a candle inside to see the designs in the glow.
#33 RE: It's #whatsitwednesd ay!skatyeight 2019-05-24 09:28
A type of lantern
#32 Whatsitduelink 2019-05-23 08:17
It looks like it was/is a night light, the opaque slides deferred the brightness of the candle.
#31 Whatsitwednesda ySoldTwiceInc 2019-05-23 08:00
Portable candle holder having lithophane panels
#30 RE: It's #whatsitwednesd ay!Christiq 2019-05-23 07:55
This is called a “make-do”. It is a cup that was broken and repaired. This one appears to be a lithophane...a type of thin porcelain that when lit from inside, shows the molded design.
#29 WhatzitHookman 2019-05-23 03:51
It's a really ol' skool movie projector. You put a candle in it and turn the little white plaques for the movie to shine on the wall.

The only problem with it is that since it's only 1 candlepower, you have to keep it close to the wall and sit real close to it also. So close that you often caught your hair on fire! Ouch !!
#28 What's it?jevgleason 2019-05-23 01:43
It's a lithophane lamp. A candle in the center would shine through the porcelain panels. Light shining through the thin and thick areas of the porcelain panels produced a detailed image comprised of light and shadow.
#27 motion picture machineponderosa 2019-05-22 23:32
The top rotated and a person looked thru a slot and the figures painted on the inside on the white panels or photos appear to move.
#26 Lithophane Lampjrrwitte 2019-05-22 22:51
The panels around the side had images which could be seen when it was lit.

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