This item could be seen as a puzzle or a trick. The idea is to remove the ring from the rope. However, the knot on the rope is sealed with sealing wax. One look at it tells you the task is topologically impossible – that is unless you know the very cunning secret. The advertisement is from a Davenports catalogue. Philip Treece has some interesting information on this item in his newsletter here.
The box is in very good condition, but unfortunately there was no nose flute inside it. According to the box it was supplied by E. & S., London. E. & S. stands for Ellisdon & Son.
These four pink pages offer ‘A Selection of the World’s Best Jokes, Tricks, Puzzles, Magic, Novelties (made in England)’. No item costs more than six old pence (6d). I am grateful to Philip Treece for explaining in 2021 that the use of E. & S. allowed retailers like Woolworths to purchase from Ellisdons without fear that customers would be directed to purchase directly from Ellisdons. The fascinating story as to how this list of items came about will be told in a forthcoming book by Philip Treece about the Ellisdon family and business.
Made of black plastic, no manufacturer markings. However, thanks to Philip Treece we know that it was manufactured by the British company Brownings under the “Plastifol” brand. They were a major supplier to Ellisdons. The packaged ink blot photograph is from Philip’s collection, and is shown with his kind permission.
As it says on the packet: An excellent and harmless practical joke!
60 pages crammed full with jokes, novelties, puzzles, magic and gifts. At one time Ellisdons had a large retail shop in Holborn, London. By 1969 they had become fully mail order, operating from Bedford in England.