Okita was the wife of the magician and magic dealer Charles De Vere.
Some relate to magic or magicians. For example De Vere, and there are three versions of The T. Nelson Downs Palming Coin: one version has no word under the wrist, another has the word FOREIGN in that position, and the third has the word DEMON there.
This pre-1910 De Vere catalogue carries an ink stamp for Horace Hurm & Prévost, who took over the business in c1910. According to Jacques Voignier in the Voignier and Albo book ‘Magic of France’, Hurm & Prévost took over De Vere’s business around 1910. This explains the presence of the ink stamp on the cover and title page, as can be seen in the images. A typical page is also illustrated.
Hurm & Prévost took over De Vere’s business and published this catalogue in 1910. The catalogue highlights De Vere’s name. According to Jacques Voignier in the Voignier and Albo book ‘Magic of France’, Hurm & Prévost published two small catalogues. This 8 page catalogue in 1910, and a 24 page one in 1911. They were effectively lists of corrections to De Vere’s general catalogue. Around 1914 Charles De Vere resumed management of his shop.
The nickel plated brass cannon ball forms part of a production from a hat. Unusually for apparatus of this era, the inside of the cannon ball carries a metal plate telling us that it is from C. DE VERE, Manufacturer, The Magical Repository, 295 Strand, London. De Vere had his shop at this address at some point in the 1870s. Although De Vere supplied the cannon ball, it may well have been manufactured by another company.