This was a gift from Paul Kieve in 2003, following a visit he made to the Davenport Collection. He was reminded about Magritte’s painting as a result of seeing Peter Warlock’s painting also illustrated here, Ref. no. N232.
Although this badge has been part of the Davenport Collection for decades, we have not been able to discover whether it is a badge for a magic club.
Side E4835 is Part 1. Side E4836 is Part 2. The Davenport Collection also has an electronic file of the content.
This is an Edison Bell Radio record, Magical Problems Series. Side 88924 is No. 1, The Donkey & the Rope. Side 88925 is No. 2, Your Character. The Davenport Collection also has an electronic file of the content.
This came from Goldston’s shop in Green Street, London.
The curator would welcome further information on this badge.
There are two examples which differ in that one badge has a pin and retaining clasp on the back, and the other has a fitting for inserting through a button hole. Both were made by Thomas Fattorini in Birmingham, a well established company which is still in business in 2019. Despite contacting Fattorini, their archives were not able to establish for whom the badges were made.
Some relate to magic or magicians. For example De Vere, and there are three versions of The T. Nelson Downs Palming Coin: one version has no word under the wrist, another has the word FOREIGN in that position, and the third has the word DEMON there.
Purchased from George Kovari by John Davenport in 2015. George had bought it directly from Peter Warlock. It was a particular pleasure to add this to the collection because Lewis Davenport regularly performed the de Kolta expanding die trick.