This is a magic set put together by Gus Davenport around the late 1950s, either when he was running Goldston’s or when he was in partnership with Maureen Robin. The box in the Davenport Collection has no contents, but also illustrated is a box once owned by Dr Michael Colley. It is shown here with his permission.

The Davenport family used the name Maskelyne’s Mysteries for their range of magic sets following their purchase of the Maskelyne’s business assets in 1935. This filled box is from around the 1950s, but the box itself with gold edging to the compartments may well be pre-war. The box was probably one sold by Goldstons, the wholesale arm of Davenports run by Gus Davenport.

The Davenport family used the name Maskelyne’s Mysteries for their range of magic sets following their purchase of the Maskelyne’s business assets in 1935. This filled box is from around the 1950s, but the box itself with gold edging to the compartments may well be pre-war. This box was probably one put together by Gus Davenport when he was running Goldstons, which was the wholesale part of Davenports in the 1950s.

The box was illustrated in the Harrods Christmas catalogue for 1961. The price was 32/6d. The boxes were supplied by Gus Davenport, either when trading as Goldston’s or when in partnership with Maureen Robin. The box also contained the Mysterious Sponge Cubes and the Vanishing Egg, but these had perished and had to be thrown away.

The Davenport family used the name Maskelyne’s Mysteries for their range of magic sets following their purchase of the Maskelyne’s business assets in 1935. The compartments within the box are edged with yellow paper. Earlier boxes were edged with gold paper, so this box is probably from the 1950s early 1960s period. In this period the Davenport wholesale business was run by Gus Davenport under the name Goldstons. When the Davenports purchased Will Goldston’s business following his death, it effectively became the wholesale arm of Davenports.

The Davenport family used the name Maskelyne’s Mysteries for their range of magic sets following their purchase of the Maskelyne’s business assets in 1935. In the 1950s Gus Davenport supplied BR Robin with magic sets which were advertised to the wholesale market. See the advertisement illustrated. The red paper on this box was typically used for the Robin’s boxes. Later these boxes were sold by Robin’s, a partnership between Gus Davenport and Maureen Robin.