The contents consist of an expanding magic wand and a booklet containing tricks. Copyright Guinness & Co 2003. Unknown manufacturer.

The Davenport family used the name Maskelyne’s Mysteries for their range of magic sets following their purchase of the Maskelyne’s business assets in 1935. This filled box is from around the 1950s, but the box itself with gold edging to the compartments may well be pre-war. The box was probably one sold by Goldstons, the wholesale arm of Davenports run by Gus Davenport.

The Davenport family used the name Maskelyne’s Mysteries for their range of magic sets following their purchase of the Maskelyne’s business assets in 1935. This filled box is from around the 1950s, but the box itself with gold edging to the compartments may well be pre-war.

The Davenport family used the name Maskelyne’s Mysteries for their range of magic sets following their purchase of the Maskelyne’s business assets in 1935. This filled box is from around the 1950s, but the box itself with gold edging to the compartments may well be pre-war. This box was probably one put together by Gus Davenport when he was running Goldstons, which was the wholesale part of Davenports in the 1950s.

The box was illustrated in the Harrods Christmas catalogue for 1961. The price was 32/6d. The boxes were supplied by Gus Davenport, either when trading as Goldston’s or when in partnership with Maureen Robin. The box also contained the Mysterious Sponge Cubes and the Vanishing Egg, but these had perished and had to be thrown away.

In German on the lid it says ‘compiled and designed by the well-known magician Wittus-Witt’. This is an unusual do-it-yourself set in that the tricks have to be constructed by the use of handicraft skills. The box was put out by Spear-Spiele Gmbh, Nürnberg.