Unfortunately we do not have the box. The label is full of Davenport advertisements for the tricks which were presumably inside. The date is unknown but probably circa 1930s.
Purchased on 13 September 2013 at Davenport’s Magic Kingdom, Norfolk. Full price £3.50. The Kingdom in North Walsham was run by Roy Davenport.
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’.
A stand on which seven billiard balls can be produced. This nickel plated item was probably made by Bartl in Germany. In the 1920 to 1930 period Davenports sold this for £2.
Sold by Davenports, and probably imported from Bartl in Germany. This is a transposition of a ringing alarm clock and a pocket watch from one stand to another. Davenports sold the trick for £20 around 1930.
The block, which has a hole through it, is placed inside the frame and a ribbon threaded through. The block is then magically released from the ribbon, leaving only the frame still hanging from the ribbon.
The nickel plated brass cannon ball forms part of a production from a hat. Unusually for apparatus of this era, the inside of the cannon ball carries a metal plate telling us that it is from C. DE VERE, Manufacturer, The Magical Repository, 295 Strand, London. De Vere had his shop at this address at some point in the 1870s. Although De Vere supplied the cannon ball, it may well have been manufactured by another company.
Manufactured from a composite material, the words on the base are: ‘The House of Davenport Centenary 1898 – 1998’.
Manufactured from pewter, the words on the base are: ‘The House of Davenport Centenary 1898 – 1998. Demon head numbered edition No. 003’.The head came in a presentation box covered in black paper with the words: ‘The House of Davenport Centenary 1898-1998 Numbered Edition’.
The tray is used to add a number of coins to those already on the tray. This coin tray was one of a number of Davenport items which were produced in red bakelite. The outline of the Davenport demon head was moulded into the design of each of them. Some coin trays have the same design but are of a much darker red colour.