When this plastic top is spinning all you see is an exclamation mark, the top of which is floating in space, surrounded by a hoop. The illustrations will clarify how the ingenious top is designed. Made in Japan by h concept. Designed by Jordi López Aguiló.
This eye catching novelty design was used by the UK company Hotel Chocolat to contain some of their Halloween 2021 chocolate. A clever feature of this box is that the wings of the bat are initially held in place at the back of the box. They can easily be released and bent forward when required.
This is one of a number of pop-up cards in the collection illustrating how laser cutting technology has allowed designers to create affordable intricate cards. Made by cardology.co.uk.
Purchased new in 2016 from the Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, London. Made by www.poocards.co.uk.
The illustrated early Davenports advertisement explains what the joke is all about. The purse was made in Germany.
The word Foreign is just visible on the mouse’s collar. The design appears to be an imitation of a German Schuco mechanical mouse. We must thank Philip Treece for pointing out a site on the web by Kevin Dockerill. The site lists trade marks for Japanese tin toy manufacturers and, according to this site, the trade mark on the box is very similar to the one shown for Sankou Seiki Co., Ltd.. Item N950 in the collection is a rather similar mouse, but in this case the word on the collar is JAPAN rather than Foreign. Note that the Davenport advertisement refers to Mickey Mouse, presumably a good selling point.
This became a very popular game after the First World War. Davenports did sell Put and Take Tops, but it is not known if this one is from Davenports, although the likelihood is that it is.
Purchased at the shop at the Egyptian Museum in Turin, Italy. This is an effective way of presenting an Egyptian mummy in a sarcophagus. Made in Germany by L.M. Kartenvertrieb.
This stereo viewer provides an excellent 3D image of Escher’s well known drawing. Published by www.courtesy.nl. Printed in The Netherlands.
There is a rubber band along the length of the butterfly which allows you to wind up the yellow wings. You then tuck the butterfly inside a card in its wound-up state. As soon as someone opens up the card the butterfly flutters out, causing quite a surprise.