Made by Woodsetton Designworks Ltd, UK, www.woodsetton.co.uk. The Stanhope image is of the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. A Stanhope lens is a very small lens which reveals an image when pointed towards a bright light and held very close to your eye. The pewter hat provides an amusing and convenient way of holding the lens. There is a great deal of information on the web for people who want to know more about Stanhope lenses.

Also illustrated is an original advertisement for the savings bank from the Illustrated Mail, 24 December 1904. It is well worth studying the advertisement and the instructions on the bottom of the savings bank to see just how complicated this item is.

The penny has been expertly modified so that it can be filled with water, which the joker can then squirt out on demand. Both sides of the coin are illustrated.

The coin has been expertly modified so that it can be filled with water, which the joker can then squirt out on demand. Both sides of the coin are illustrated.

As the clock ticks, the bird moves. The sphere has the numbers 1 to 12 around its ‘equator’. The clock has one hand which revolves around the sphere, pointing out the hour from 1 to 12. Made in Austria is stamped on the base.

When you try to pick up the cup from the table, the cup doesn’t move but the handle comes away in your fingers. Printed on the base of the cup is ‘Germany DRGM’.

This is a Rolinx product, made in England in the 1950s. Each time the roller blind lid is opened, five fingers emerge from the front of the box, each carrying a cigarette.