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The Season’s Greetings from David Devant: a card collection

The Season’s Greetings from David Devant: a card collection

Now in its 2nd Edition, May 2023

This item gathers together greetings cards from David Devant and his family. We are most grateful to have been granted permission to include cards from The Edwin A Dawes Collection, The Magic Circle Archives, London, The Paul Kieve Collection, The Ian Keable Collection and The Peter Lane Collection. Click on View Details to download the file.

Advertisement for David Devant’s Magical Seances

Advertisement for David Devant’s Magical Seances

This impressive advertising is to promote Devant’s ‘Brilliant and highly refined drawing-room entertainment’. The excellent portrait photographs, signed Meisenbach, show Devant and his young wife. Today we know that they were not actually married at this time.

Signed presentation to Mr. and Mrs. Devant from the members of the Maskelyne and Cooke Provincial Company on the recent advent of their daughter

Signed presentation to Mr. and Mrs. Devant from the members of the Maskelyne and Cooke Provincial Company on the recent advent of their daughter

This charming presentation signed by the members of the company accompanied the gift of a Dressing Case. Research in recent decades has pointed towards their daughter Vida Mary Heather being adopted by the Devants. This might explain the wording ‘congratulations on the recent advent of your daughter’. There is no mention of the birth of Vida.