Probably late 1930s. The Davenport family used the name Maskelyne’s Mysteries for their range of magic sets following their purchase of the Maskelyne’s business assets in 1935.
This was found in a Davenport storeroom, unfortunately with no contents. It has been suggested, but not proven, that this box might have been produced by Davenports as a prize for a competition in the boys’ magazine “Champion”.
Davenports supplied Gamages department store with magic sets under the name Gamagic. This business probably started in the late 1920s or early 1930s. Note the name Demon on the top of the instructions on the inside of the lid.
The label on the lid uses the Maskelyne’s Mysteries name, owned by Davenports following their purchase of the Maskelyne business assets in 1935. Note that the instructions on the inside of the lid are headed Demon Box of Conjuring Tricks. This probably means the box is a relatively early one – in later boxes Davenports no longer used the name Demon on the lid.
The label on the lid uses the Maskelyne’s Mysteries name, owned by Davenports following their purchase of the Maskelyne business assets in 1935. The box style which has gold rimmed partitions suggests that it was an early box, probably pre-war.
Probably circa 1920s.
Davenports produced these boxes probably from the 1930s. A later version, see reference N1153, had the label printed on cream coloured paper rather than yellow.
L Davenport & Co. box of assorted card tricks. Probable date 1950s.
This was probably the label for a Davenports magic set put out in the 1920s. We believe that Lewis Davenport started using the Demon Series trade name in the early 1920s. From 1935 Davenports were in a position to use the name Maskelyne Mysteries, having purchased the assets of the Maskelynes business.
The envelope contained three items, one of which was The Lovers Puzzle, as illustrated. Davenports introduced the Wonder Packet in the mid-1910s and advertised it for many years.