This nickel plated box is shown empty and then a number of handkerchiefs are produced from it. This was a very popular trick first marketed by Davenports in 1934. The inside lid of the box is stamped with the Davenports demon head logo and the registered design number: 791997. Davenports purchased the UK rights from Janos Bartl in Germany, who invented the trick. Bartl sold the trick under the name ‘Silkwonder’. The screws on the corners of this model have non-rounded heads. Some models – for example see N46 – have rounded screw heads. Note that the stamp inside the lid differs from that of N46.

Davenports put this out under the Maskelyne’s Mysteries banner. Note LD & Co. is mentioned on the front. Inside is a large sheet of paper containing full size diagrams and instructions to make up this apparatus trick. The illustrated advertisement from 1935 explains what the audience see.

The label, the artwork on which is dated 1914, came from a Davenport store. A number of magic collections contain examples of the British Box of Tricks with white labels printed in black ink, for example see references N1179 and N1180 on this website. However, I never recall seeing an actual box which has this coloured label on. If you know of one, please contact the curator of this website.

Some time between the 17 and 19 September 1925 Lewis Davenport gave a show at Inverlochy Castle, Fort William, Scotland. Paul Vandy was also performing. The Maharajah of Jodhpur Umaid Singh presented Lewis’s wife Wynne with this gold brooch mounted with a pearl. Lewis was presented with a silver mounted Malacca cane, and his son received a gold tie pin. The whereabouts of the cane and tie pin are unknown. The show is mentioned in ‘The Performer’, 23 September 1925. The photograph is from a postcard that Wynne sent to the rest of the Davenport family in London. The castle, now a hotel, looks much the same in 2019.