The magician is the only person who can make King Tutankhamen come to life and rise out of the sarcophagus. This magnetically controlled novelty was made by Fairylite, England.

This small pig waggles its ears, nose and tail. But how? The instructions suggest you keep the secret as to how it works. However, all you need do is View Details for this item and all will be revealed. Made by the Samson Novelty Co. Ltd, London.

A Cartesian diver is a scientific novelty. If you place it in a plastic bottle full of water and screw on the top, as you squeeze on the bottle the diver sinks and rises on your command. The advertisement is from a Davenports catalogue. Modern versions of this novelty can still be purchased, although they are likely to be made out of plastic.

A Cartesian diver is a scientific novelty. If you place it in a plastic bottle full of water and screw on the top, as you squeeze on the bottle the diver sinks and rises on your command. Modern versions of this novelty can still be purchased, although they are likely to be made out of plastic.

The plastic toreador and bull have magnets under their bases. This means that as you move the bull closer and closer to the toreador, the toreador starts twisting and turning to avoid attack. A logo on the front of the box reads ‘TSL’. Made in England.

The celluloid figure has a celluloid spring at the bottom. When the figure is pushed down on the spring, and then released, it shoots up into the air to around 300mm height.

This item is of interest because of the simple but clever design of the brass device which allows the baton to be unscrewed and folded into half, whilst still having the two halves attached.

When you hold the glass swan around its body, the air inside heats up and the liquid bubbles up into the small glass bowl at the top, which has small glass fish swimming in it. This is a sample from Ohnishiya Honten in Japan.