This Mickey Mouse figure was found at Ivydene, the Davenport family home, in poor condition. In the mid 1980s Harry Carson and his wife Jean, who lived in Norwich, renovated the figure and redressed it. The figure is clockwork and when switched on (the switch is at the back of its head) it shakes its head and waves its arms. Harry modelled the clothes on illustrations of Mickey in a 1935 copy of ‘Good Housekeeping’ magazine. We have a photograph, illustrated, of Lewis Davenport with the model Mickey Mouse, but we do not know what part it played in his show. See also Ref. no. N833 and N837.

The comb has a piece of clear plastic (?celluloid?) between the teeth of the comb, making it impossible to comb with it. The clear piece is well camouflaged by the teeth, so it comes as a surprise when the comb does not work. The Davenport advertisement is from the 1930s.

This novelty is most unusual in that the tipsy man has been printed in colour on the flat side of a coil of paper. The round coil is housed in a square cardboard container which has partial openings at the front and back. By moving the picture with thumb and forefinger the coil can be twisted, so distorting the man. The words on the cardboard container are ‘Zetes-Patent’. This is one of a number of designs of this novelty – see also ref. no. N1314 and N1315.

Underneath this hollowed out roll is fitted an exploding cap mechanism. When the roll is picked up the cap explodes. The roll is very realistic because it is a real roll treated in some way to make it durable. Made in Germany. The box has on it ‘DRGM’ and ‘1254’. The roll has a sample label on it: #1254. This was clearly a sample sent to Davenports, but we do not know from which German supplier it came.