‘The Daily Graphic’ of 28 December 1904, page 5, carried a review of the Chapender show and reminded readers that the Egyptian Hall would soon close prior to its demolition. The piece includes an excellent sketch of the Hall by Ernest Hicks Oliver and provides a photograph illustrating a scene from the sketch ‘The Miser’. J.N. Maskelyne had arranged for Chapender to take over the show because he was busy making arrangements for the opening of the Maskelyne shows at St. George’s Hall.

We don’t know who collected the items in this box, nor when they became part of the Davenport Collection. By the late 20th century there were no magic related items inside the box; such items may well have been sold long before. Anyone interested in viewing all the items that remained can do so by clicking on View Details and then the Key Phrase ‘Wooden box items’. The box also contained old newspaper pages (dated 1899 or 1900) which appear to have been used as dividers for the box contents. These notes tell us that at one time the box may have contained items on theatrical shows, menageries, fantoccini, marionettes, monstrosities and curious exhibitions.