Many of the Maskelyne items in the Davenport Collection were made for public consumption: programmes, publicity material, printed books, and so on. One of our shelves is occupied by books which were always intended to be private. They are the surviving business records of the Maskelynes at St George’s Hall.
The purpose of this article is to record the scope of these business records and provide examples of their content.

The note on the address side of the card says ‘Hold this card to a very bright light, to bring the “Sculptor’s Vision” in sight. Also nightly at Empress Theatre, Brixton. Monday. March 23, 1914, for one week.’

Box containing some of De Biere’s props. The box was found in a Davenport store and has ‘Arnold De Biere’ written on it in Gus Davenport’s writing, as well as ‘De Biere’ in what looks as though it could be Lewis Davenport’s writing in blue crayon. The box contained a number of items, not all of which are shown on this open access website because they would reveal magic secrets. Search under Arnold De Biere in People to find what is listed on this website.