The word JAPAN is just visible on the mouse’s collar. The design is an imitation of a German Schuco mechanical mouse. Note that the Davenport advertisement refers to Mickey Mouse, presumably a good selling point.

Put out by Davenports circa 1920s to1930s, the box contained a variety of matchbox jokes and novelties. For example, a matchbox that will not open, one that squeaks when you pick it up, and one containing small coloured wooden blocks from which patterns can be made. Some of the matchboxes have on their labels the demon head trademark of Davenports and the initials LD.

Found by John Davenport amongst family possessions. The nail clippers have the word FOREIGN on them as well as a trade mark with the name SUPER. This is a good example of ‘pipitis’, the condition which leads to the purchase of items covered in emblems, such as cards, beloved of many magicians.

Found by John Davenport amongst family possessions. This is a good example of ‘pipitis’, the condition which leads to the purchase of items covered in emblems, such as cards, beloved of many magicians.

Found by John Davenport amongst family possessions. This is a good example of ‘pipitis’, the condition which leads to the purchase of items covered in emblems, such as cards, beloved of many magicians.