When found in a Davenport storeroom the display was in this frame, but there was no glass protecting it. For protection the display was framed under UV protective glass in 2014. The lady shown in the photograph at the bottom is Evelyne Maskelyne, Jasper Maskelyne’s first wife.
The subject matter is mainly puzzles, optical illusions or magic. Two illustrative pages are shown, along with the album itself.
This is an advertising piece from a well known tailor in London. The company was recognised for its novel approach to advertising and promotional items.
The DD suggests that this was an advertising give away for Double Diamond, an English beer. Note the ‘bump’ on which the top inverts when spun. This seems to assist it spinning for longer. Most tippee tops don’t have this feature.
This promotional piece is of unknown date, but is probably mid 20th century. The nail clippers are stamped ‘Bantam SHEFFIELD ENG’.
This item consists of a tea bag in a CD case with words about how their company can come up with good ideas for you. I will leave it to individuals to decide whether this promotional approach would work for you.
The novelty of this business gift made by Parker is that the four ball point pens, each of a different colour, clip together to make a small tower that can stand upright on a table. Parker call this pack MULTY.
The magician produces fruit bonbons from the fruit held in his hands.
This large glass bottle may have been originally for a display. Lewis Davenport, according to his daughter Wyn Davenport, was fond of large novelty items. This may explain its presence in the family home, Ivydene.
This embossed design in silver foil featured on the cover of a Davenports catalogue from 15 New Oxford Street around 1933.