The snapper has rightly been a popular novelty for decades. You demonstrate that, when you pull the plunger out of the tube, it snaps back as though attached to a rubber band. Hand it to somebody else and they will fail to get the plunger to snap back. However, as soon as you take it back you can repeat the effect. This snapper from Davenports is made from quality plastic and is particularly smart. Complete with original instructions.

The artwork is signed WD for W Dodds, but no date is given. The probable date is early 1920s. Note the words Demon Series in the bottom left corner of the label confirming that it is for a Davenports product. The likely date is early 1920s because we believe that Davenports introduced the Demon Series in the early 1920s.

The magician takes a hat and places a glass of milk in it. The magician then shows an empty nickel plated tube, takes the glass out of the hat and places the tube over the glass. On turning the tube upside down the audience expect the milk to pour out, but the tube is shown to be empty. The glass has vanished, only to be found back in the hat. To protect the secret, the photograph does not include all the apparatus for this effect.

The envelope contained three items, one of which was The Lovers Puzzle, as illustrated. Davenports introduced the Wonder Packet in the mid-1910s and advertised it for many years.

This was found in a Davenport storeroom, unfortunately with no contents. Date is uncertain, but it could well be a set put out by Davenports before they started using the name Maskelyne Mysteries for their sets once they purchased the assets of the Maskelyne business in 1935.

The glass is probably of the type sold by Davenports for Abbott’s “Squash” vanishing glass of water. The advertisement from a Davenports catalogue explains what happens. Although the words make it clear that the glass is small, note the misleading drawing showing a large glass.

The apparatus allows an impressive series of magical effects using silk handkerchiefs and liquids. Please read the illustrated Davenports advertisement to understand the sequence of effects. Complete with instructions.