When an unsuspecting person pulls the pointed metal cap off the end of the pencil, the pencil suddenly explodes in their hand. There is no explosive cap, but it is certainly a surprise. Made in Germany.

Many people struggle with eating spaghetti without making a mess. With this fork all you need do is hold the fork in one hand and push the prongs into the spaghetti. With your other hand wind the handle on the end of the fork and the spaghetti is neatly wound on to the prongs, ready to be popped into your mouth.

When your friends find this realistic bee in an unexpected place they will be alarmed.

As you grasp the banana, it makes a squeaking sound. This is not quite so impressive as the illustrated Davenports advertisement would suggest: when you grasp the luscious fruit, a syncopated orchestra performs! Davenports sold many squeaking jokes. The illustrated full page from a Davenports catalogue gives an idea of the variety.

The lid explains that the box contains one Ball Bearing Rat Trap which starts with T and ends with T. The jigsaw pieces inside have to be assembled to give the solution. The completed jigsaw is illustrated.

This appears to be an ordinary graphite pencil, but you tell your friends that it can write either red, white or blue. They fail to get the pencil to do this. The laugh is on them when you take the pencil and use it to spell out the words red, white or blue. The illustrated advertisement from a Davenport catalogue is either a more complicated version with a green wire, or it may be that this wire is missing on this particular example.

This realistic rubber walnut emits a squeak when you squeeze it as you pick it up. The walnut is stamped ‘Foreign’. The illustrated Davenports advertisement is also amusing, as well as being over the top. It reads: You invite your guest to take some walnuts with her wine but when she touches one “sweet music fills the air!”. Davenports sold many squeaking jokes. The illustrated full page from a Davenports catalogue gives an idea of the variety.