✅ SOLVED Mystery Light/lens Contraption

Indigo Knight

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Does anyone have any thoughts on this device? It came from the free pile at a garage sale.

Electric lamp with a steel box containing a 6 1/4" glass lens mounted on rails, may have been adjustable at one point.

It looks like it has a spot for interchangeable filters in front of the lens.

No obvious model number or serial numbers.

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ganthercage

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Does anyone have any thoughts on this device? It came from the free pile at a garage sale.
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Electric lamp with a steel box containing a 6 1/4" glass lens mounted on rails, may have been adjustable at one point.

It looks like it has a spot for interchangeable filters in front of the lens.

No obvious model number or serial numbers.

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wow it look like an alien bloody thing
 
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CreakyDigger

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Looks like something rigged up to project glass lantern slides.
 
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Yup, looks like a homemade slide projector.
 
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Red-Coat

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I don't see how you could focus it for projection purposes. Looks like an old theatre light to me, with a slot for inserting colour filters or diffusers.
 
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GoDeep

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Appears to be an old (homemade) photo enlarger, just insert your glass slide or negative. It's on two rails with thumbscrews so you can adjust the focus and image size onto your photo paper by moving it up and down, it would have been attached to a board usually. Used them in photography class back in college.

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Here's a really crude homemade one and a more refined homemade one:

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Here's a old enlarger lens, you can see it's very similar to the lens on the OP's photo:

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GoDeep is correct.
I believe you have part of an enlarger with the light source and a dome-shaped glass condenser with a slot for the negative carrier. However, it is missing the focusing bellows and projection lens.
 
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