Devant announces new animated photographs for his ‘Cinematographe’. He also explains that to ensure he is able to obtain good pictures of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee procession on 22 June 1897, he has 140 seats for disposal on Mr. Maskelyne’s Grand Stand. The fascinating story of Maskelyne’s Grand Stand can be found in ‘John Nevil Maskelyne’s Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee speculation‘ by Dr Edwin A Dawes on this website.

Attached to the notepaper is a newspaper advertisement for the Egyptian Hall Maskelyne and Cooke Christmas Holiday show. No date is given, but the contents of the show relate to Christmas 1898. Items mentioned on the bill are the sketch ‘Trapped by Magic’; Animated Photographs; David Devant; Mel B. Spurr. The animated photographs include “Off to the Cape” taken on board a Castle Liner by R.W. Paul.

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.

The embossed tableau was executed in copper. The image was taken from the picture of ‘The Battle of Arbela’ painted by Le Brun. We are told ‘the plate of copper from which this work is produced by the aid of the puncheon and hammer alone, consists of a single sheet, not more than one sixteenth part of an inch in thickness. This is one of the items contained in a wooden box of 19th century ephemera, mainly relating to the Egyptian Hall. To view all the items from the box, click on View Details and then the Key Phrase ‘Wooden box items’.

Brother Jonathan, bred in New Hampshire, USA, was said to weigh 4,000 pound (500 stone) and measure almost 12 feet from nose to rump. He had a busy day, being exhibited from 9am to 9pm. The clip from the ‘Weekly Despatch’ is quite amusing. This is one of the items contained in a wooden box of 19th century ephemera, mainly relating to the Egyptian Hall. To view all the items from the box, click on View Details and then the Key Phrase ‘Wooden box items’.

Extraordinary novelty! Exhibition of the Eccaleobion whereby life in countless thousands of animal beings from a wren to an eagle is produced by machinery! According to a handwritten note on the handout, the exhibition moved from Pall-Mall to the Egyptian Hall in May 1842.
At the bottom of the large sheet of paper there is a handwritten note ‘An Exhibition of Egg Hatching by Steam was shown at the Egyptian Hall Piccadilly in 1824 by the Inventor J.H. Barlow.’
This is one of the items contained in a wooden box of 19th century ephemera, mainly relating to the Egyptian Hall. To view all the items from the box, click on View Details and then the Key Phrase ‘Wooden box items’.

The vase, made of cut glass in Birmingham, is 14 feet high and 12 feet in diameter. The weight is 8 tons but the vase has been constructed so that it can be taken apart and moved. We are told the vase ‘presents, internally and externally, the most splendid body of rich gold & enamelled work, ever exhibited in the world, and which no description can adequately represent’. This is one of the items contained in a wooden box of 19th century ephemera, mainly relating to the Egyptian Hall. To view all the items from the box, click on View Details and then the Key Phrase ‘Wooden box items’.