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Auction Description for Potter & Potter Auctions: The Magic Collection of David Baldwin
Auction Description:
Our October sale features choice automata, magic memorabilia, apparatus, posters, and books from the collection of David M. Baldwin. Sale highlights include Robert-Houdin mystery clocks, Lambert-made automatons, and a large portion of the Raymond/Gibson collection of magic memorabilia and apparatus. Early broadsides, Houdini memorabilia, Taytelbaum tricks, Okito-made apparatus, and ephemera round out the sale.

The Magic Collection of David Baldwin (373 Lots)

by Potter & Potter Auctions Inc.


373 lots | 372 with images

October 29, 2016

Live Auction

Chicago, IL, USA

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Any Drink Called For. European, ca. 1880. The magician pours ñanyî drink called for from a single bottle. Four internal compartments contain the drinks, operated from air holes on the exterior of the vessel. Mechatnical metal bottle stands 9 _î

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Description: Any Drink Called For. European, ca. 1880. The magician pours ñanyî drink called for from a single bottle. Four internal compartments contain the drinks, operated from air holes on the exterior of the vessel. Mechatnical metal bottle stands 9 _î high. Very good.

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Saturnus Ball. Conradi, first quarter twentieth century. A brass frame holds a weighted metal sphere which changes under concealment from green to red, and vice-versa, at the magicianÍs will. Frame 4 _î wide. 10î long. Sphere spot-dented on one

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Description: Saturnus Ball. Conradi, first quarter twentieth century. A brass frame holds a weighted metal sphere which changes under concealment from green to red, and vice-versa, at the magicianÍs will. Frame 4 _î wide. 10î long. Sphere spot-dented on one side, light scratching.

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Billiard Ball Stand. Berlin: Conradi-Horster, ca. 1925. Mechanical skeleton-type stand facilitates the production of red billiard balls in the magicianÍs hands by mechanical means. Holds six balls. With decorative center section. 20î high.

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Description: Billiard Ball Stand. Berlin: Conradi-Horster, ca. 1925. Mechanical skeleton-type stand facilitates the production of red billiard balls in the magicianÍs hands by mechanical means. Holds six balls. With decorative center section. 20î high.

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Birth of Flowers. Manufacturer unknown, ca. 1880s. A miniature pot sewn with a few seeds is suddenly filled with daisies after it has been covered by a brass tube. 6î x 2 _î. Age-consistent tarnish, else good. A comparable piece of apparatus is

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Description: Birth of Flowers. Manufacturer unknown, ca. 1880s. A miniature pot sewn with a few seeds is suddenly filled with daisies after it has been covered by a brass tube. 6î x 2 _î. Age-consistent tarnish, else good. A comparable piece of apparatus is described in HoffmannÍs Modern Magic (London, 1876) pp. 411-412.

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Fish Bowl Production and Stand. Vienna: S. Klingl, ca. 1930. Nickel plated stand displays three glass bowls filled with water produced by the magician from an empty foulard. Bowls specially manufactured to hold water and fish, but can not spill.

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Description: Fish Bowl Production and Stand. Vienna: S. Klingl, ca. 1930. Nickel plated stand displays three glass bowls filled with water produced by the magician from an empty foulard. Bowls specially manufactured to hold water and fish, but can not spill. Stand 16 x 13î. Nickel-plated caps of each bowl hallmarked. Minor wear; very good. Scarce.

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Charmed Bottle and Ribbons. London: Joseph Bland, ca. 1880. A japanned toleware canister is opened and a quantity of sweets are distributed to the audience from inside. The lid is clamped on, then removed. Now the canister is full of silk. Repeated

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Description: Charmed Bottle and Ribbons. London: Joseph Bland, ca. 1880. A japanned toleware canister is opened and a quantity of sweets are distributed to the audience from inside. The lid is clamped on, then removed. Now the canister is full of silk. Repeated once again, the canister is now filled with a solid glass ginger beer bottle. Toleware canister 10 _î high. Rare.

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Bran and Candy Glass. Circa 1915. A crystal goblet filled with bran is covered momentarily by a brass lid. When lifted, the bran has transformed into pieces of candy. Heavy glass, tin gimmick. 7 _î high.

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Description: Bran and Candy Glass. Circa 1915. A crystal goblet filled with bran is covered momentarily by a brass lid. When lifted, the bran has transformed into pieces of candy. Heavy glass, tin gimmick. 7 _î high.

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Bran Vase. Roterberg [?], ca. 1900s. Handsome nickel-plated vase transforms a quantity of rice or bran into a live dove or small hare. 10 x 5î. Minor dent internally, else fine in appearance.

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Description: Bran Vase. Roterberg [?], ca. 1900s. Handsome nickel-plated vase transforms a quantity of rice or bran into a live dove or small hare. 10 x 5î. Minor dent internally, else fine in appearance.

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[Brasses] Outstanding Collection of 30 Vintage Brasses and Coin Tricks. Various manufacturers including Brema, Kanter, Sherms, Haenchen, National Magic, and others, early to mid twentieth century. Including Devil Boxes (quarter and dime sizes); Coin

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Description: [Brasses] Outstanding Collection of 30 Vintage Brasses and Coin Tricks. Various manufacturers including Brema, Kanter, Sherms, Haenchen, National Magic, and others, early to mid twentieth century. Including Devil Boxes (quarter and dime sizes); Coin Pedestal (two different, one an antique German example); Coin Through Hand; Brass Vase and Nickel; Plug Box (several different); Brass Weight and Penny; Utility Coin Box (two examples, one in box); Vanishing Penny; Vanishing Nickel; Bill Tube (two different); Cigarette Cutter; Nickels to Dimes; Steel Ball Thru Bolt; Chinese Coins and String; Utility Tube; Cigarette Plug Box; Mystery Cube; Silver ñBxî; Spirit Nut; Penny-Tration Coin Vase; Magi-Bank; DevilÍs Pillars; Penny Through Match; Coin Vanishing Box; Color-Divining Discs; Quarter Go; Versatility Brass Tube; and German Passe Coins. Neatly organized, many with accompanying coins and gimmicks, some with instructions. Nice Lot.

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Cage Transformation. European, ca. 1870. A handsome round toleware canister is shown empty and filled with balls, handkerchiefs, or any other object. The lid is clamped on. When reopened, the canister is filled with a brass birdcage complete with

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Description: Cage Transformation. European, ca. 1870. A handsome round toleware canister is shown empty and filled with balls, handkerchiefs, or any other object. The lid is clamped on. When reopened, the canister is filled with a brass birdcage complete with live parakeets. 14î high. Minor wear, scuffing, and chips as expected, but overall very good condition. Hand painted with gold, blue, red on a green background with black accents and added stencil and transfer decals. The finest example of this prop we have encountered.

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Production Cage. German [?], ca. 1920. Round metal cage collapses into a small space and can be produced from a handkerchief. Accommodates two or three small birds. 7î high.

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Description: Production Cage. German [?], ca. 1920. Round metal cage collapses into a small space and can be produced from a handkerchief. Accommodates two or three small birds. 7î high.

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Candlestick Coin Dropper. New Haven: Petrie and Lewis (P&L), ca. 1950. Spun copper candlestick conceals and secretly delivers a stack of coins into the magicianÍs waiting hand. Hallmarked. Base 3 _î wide. Tarnished, else very good. Scarce.

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Description: Candlestick Coin Dropper. New Haven: Petrie and Lewis (P&L), ca. 1950. Spun copper candlestick conceals and secretly delivers a stack of coins into the magicianÍs waiting hand. Hallmarked. Base 3 _î wide. Tarnished, else very good. Scarce.

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Lock Flap Card Box. Los Angeles: F.G. Thayer, ca. 1935. Handsome mahogany box changes, produces or vanishes cards, bills, or billets of paper placed inside. Locking gimmick designed by Carl Owen. Holds poker size cards. Minor wear to finish. Very

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Description: Lock Flap Card Box. Los Angeles: F.G. Thayer, ca. 1935. Handsome mahogany box changes, produces or vanishes cards, bills, or billets of paper placed inside. Locking gimmick designed by Carl Owen. Holds poker size cards. Minor wear to finish. Very good.

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Card Ladle. Circa 1880. Metal ladle switches one card or billet for another. Turned wooden handle with tin shaft and cup. 12 _î long. Likely repainted. Minor wear to finish. Good working condition.

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Description: Card Ladle. Circa 1880. Metal ladle switches one card or billet for another. Turned wooden handle with tin shaft and cup. 12 _î long. Likely repainted. Minor wear to finish. Good working condition.

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Card Restoration Frame. New York: Theo Bamberg, ca. 1909. Unusual and early apparatus allows for the gradual appearance of a card, one small piece at a time, in the center of a gilt wood frame trimmed with black fabric. Operates with an unusual

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Description: Card Restoration Frame. New York: Theo Bamberg, ca. 1909. Unusual and early apparatus allows for the gradual appearance of a card, one small piece at a time, in the center of a gilt wood frame trimmed with black fabric. Operates with an unusual thread-activated black-art device controlled by an offstage assistant. 16 _î high. Hallmarked ñTheo Bamberg/Maker/New York.î Black fabric renewed. Good working condition. Rare. Underneath the frame, a handwritten note on provenance has been affixed: ñMade by Okito. Given between 1935 and 1940 by Leo Rullman to Shirley Quimby, who used to grind depressions in China plates for RullmanÍs plate spinning act. Given in 1960 by Dr. Quimby to Robt. T.H. Davidson.î Mr. Davidson was the grandson of the famous chemist and inventor of magic tricks Dr. Samuel Cox Hooker. This version of the Okito Card Restoration is substantially different than other models, which relied on spring-loaded flaps to accomplish the same effect, actuated by a series of brass releases on the rear of the device. In all likelihood, this is an early _ perhaps the earliest known _ version of the prop which would eventually be adapted and popularized by Richard Himber, among others, as the Fifth Dimension Card Frame.

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Card Star. Hamburg: Carl Willmann, ca. 1900. Five selected cards appear on the points of a metal star at the command of the magician. Nickel-plated tabletop model, 33î high. Base, center, and arms detach for packing. Minor wear and one unobtrusive

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Description: Card Star. Hamburg: Carl Willmann, ca. 1900. Five selected cards appear on the points of a metal star at the command of the magician. Nickel-plated tabletop model, 33î high. Base, center, and arms detach for packing. Minor wear and one unobtrusive dent.

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Card Tripod. English or German: Joseph Bland [?], late nineteenth century. Early brass stand switches one card for another or causes cards to vanish when covered. 6î high. Mild age-consistent pitting.

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Description: Card Tripod. English or German: Joseph Bland [?], late nineteenth century. Early brass stand switches one card for another or causes cards to vanish when covered. 6î high. Mild age-consistent pitting.

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Jumping Card Box. English or German, Joseph Bland [?], late nineteenth century. A card is chosen and returned to the pack, which is dropped in a finely veneered wooden holder. A moment later, the chosen card jumps out of the holder as if propelled by

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Description: Jumping Card Box. English or German, Joseph Bland [?], late nineteenth century. A card is chosen and returned to the pack, which is dropped in a finely veneered wooden holder. A moment later, the chosen card jumps out of the holder as if propelled by an unseen hand. Tunbridgeware-type box stands 4 _î high.

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Mechanical Rising Cards. Philadelphia: Carl Brema & Son, ca. 1920. Selected cards rise on command from a finely machined, nickel-plated houlette that rests on the table of the magician. Clockwork mechanism incorporated into the heavy base runs on

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Description: Mechanical Rising Cards. Philadelphia: Carl Brema & Son, ca. 1920. Selected cards rise on command from a finely machined, nickel-plated houlette that rests on the table of the magician. Clockwork mechanism incorporated into the heavy base runs on command, but stops when the houlette is picked up by the magician. 10 _î high. Sold together with hand-written and illustrated notes by signed by Carl Brema describing the working of the apparatus. Fine. BremaÍs note states, in part, ñOnly 3 of this model have ever been built. We gave up making clock work packs as we can not purchase the proper kind of Swiss clock movements.î

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Changing Canister. French, ca. 1880. Toleware canister changes, produces, or vanishes objects placed inside. Hand painted in red, gold, and black on tin. 5 _î high. Finish significantly worn.

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Description: Changing Canister. French, ca. 1880. Toleware canister changes, produces, or vanishes objects placed inside. Hand painted in red, gold, and black on tin. 5 _î high. Finish significantly worn.

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Coffee Vase. European [?], ca. 1920. Cotton batting transforms into hot coffee when placed inside the vase. Nickel plated brass vase stands 11 _î high. Minor wear; very good.

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Description: Coffee Vase. European [?], ca. 1920. Cotton batting transforms into hot coffee when placed inside the vase. Nickel plated brass vase stands 11 _î high. Minor wear; very good.

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Coin Vanishing Box. Los Angeles: F.G. Thayer, ca. 1925. Handsome turned hardwood box from which coins disappear after the lid has been clamped on and removed. 1 _î diameter. Fine.

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Description: Coin Vanishing Box. Los Angeles: F.G. Thayer, ca. 1925. Handsome turned hardwood box from which coins disappear after the lid has been clamped on and removed. 1 _î diameter. Fine.

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Coin Vanishing Casket. Circa 1900. Four coins vanish one at a time as the lid of the small leather-covered box is opened and closed. Outer box recreated by Woodrow Carpenter in 1984; antique internal mechanism in good working condition.

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Description: Coin Vanishing Casket. Circa 1900. Four coins vanish one at a time as the lid of the small leather-covered box is opened and closed. Outer box recreated by Woodrow Carpenter in 1984; antique internal mechanism in good working condition.

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Coin Casket. Chicago: National Magic Company, ca. 1935. Chrome plated metal box with four slots inside to accommodate half dollars. The coins vanish one at a time as the lid of the box is opened and closed. Hallmarked. Uncommon.

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Description: Coin Casket. Chicago: National Magic Company, ca. 1935. Chrome plated metal box with four slots inside to accommodate half dollars. The coins vanish one at a time as the lid of the box is opened and closed. Hallmarked. Uncommon.

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Coin Cork. Vienna: S. Klingl, ca. 1920. Four coins vanish, then reappear one by one in a glass bottle closed tightly with a large cork. String-operated mechanism. With four early Klingl palming coins. Two coins release at once, the others singly.

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Description: Coin Cork. Vienna: S. Klingl, ca. 1920. Four coins vanish, then reappear one by one in a glass bottle closed tightly with a large cork. String-operated mechanism. With four early Klingl palming coins. Two coins release at once, the others singly. Fine mechanical gimmick 1 _î tall.

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Coin in a Ball of Yarn. Los Angeles: F.G. Thayer, ca. 1940. A marked coin is discovered inside two nested, locked metal boxes, which are wrapped in a ball of yarn _ which is inside two nested, hardwood boxes. Largest box a 5î cube. Smaller wooden

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Description: Coin in a Ball of Yarn. Los Angeles: F.G. Thayer, ca. 1940. A marked coin is discovered inside two nested, locked metal boxes, which are wrapped in a ball of yarn _ which is inside two nested, hardwood boxes. Largest box a 5î cube. Smaller wooden box worn, else good.

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Coin Easel. Vienna: Zauberklingl, ca. 1950. Black plush-covered easel facilitates the vanish of five coins resting on it. Folds flat for packing. With five Zauberklingl palming coins. Operates differently than most props of its kind. 10î wide. Fine.

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Description: Coin Easel. Vienna: Zauberklingl, ca. 1950. Black plush-covered easel facilitates the vanish of five coins resting on it. Folds flat for packing. With five Zauberklingl palming coins. Operates differently than most props of its kind. 10î wide. Fine.

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Fairy Coin Glass. Paris: Voisin [?], ca. 1900. Blue tinted glass conceals a metal compartment, which holds a stack of coins that may be released through a button on the side of the vessel. 3 _î high. Fine.

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Description: Fairy Coin Glass. Paris: Voisin [?], ca. 1900. Blue tinted glass conceals a metal compartment, which holds a stack of coins that may be released through a button on the side of the vessel. 3 _î high. Fine.

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Climax Coin Stand (Coin Ladder). Philadelphia: Carl Brema & Son, ca. 1920. Coins from the topmost platform disappear and cascade one after another down the face of the ladder, dropping into a glass on the felt-covered platform below. Metal stand and

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Description: Climax Coin Stand (Coin Ladder). Philadelphia: Carl Brema & Son, ca. 1920. Coins from the topmost platform disappear and cascade one after another down the face of the ladder, dropping into a glass on the felt-covered platform below. Metal stand and devilÍs head ornament with finely nickel-plated frame, upper and lower platforms, and columns. 36 x 10 x 10î assembled. With original packing case monogrammed for magician J.W. Brooks, former member of I.B.M. Ring No. 112 (Chattanooga, Tenn.). Rare. [Buffum, The Brema Brasses, pp. 122 _ 23]. Employing an automatic sand-powered delay mechanism, Brema boldly advertised its coin ladder as ñthe finest piece of apparatus of its kind ever produced ƒ self-contained, mechanically perfect, no string pulling, no assistant.î Advertisements for the costly piece appeared in a variety of magic periodicals in 1919 but ceased soon thereafter, suggesting low demand and limited production.

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Coin Ladder Table. Los Angeles: F.G. Thayer, ca. 1930. Coins caught in mid-air are dropped into a hat. The hat is set on the tabletop, and at the command of the magician, the coins penetrate the hat and cascade down the glass-fronted ladder one at a

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Description: Coin Ladder Table. Los Angeles: F.G. Thayer, ca. 1930. Coins caught in mid-air are dropped into a hat. The hat is set on the tabletop, and at the command of the magician, the coins penetrate the hat and cascade down the glass-fronted ladder one at a time into a glass below. Drops from six to eight coins, one at a time. 30 _î high. Drape and felt replaced, else very good.

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Coin Pail. Martinka & Co. [?], ca. 1880s. Early toleware pail painted with silver star shapes, specially prepared for the magician to drop inside a stream of coins from mid-air. Including a sleeve of Felsman ñGoddess of Magicî palming coins. 6 x 7î.

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Description: Coin Pail. Martinka & Co. [?], ca. 1880s. Early toleware pail painted with silver star shapes, specially prepared for the magician to drop inside a stream of coins from mid-air. Including a sleeve of Felsman ñGoddess of Magicî palming coins. 6 x 7î.

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Coin Pail. Chicago: Roterberg [?], ca. 1912. Brass champagne bucket that facilitates the magic trick known as the MiserÍs Dream, in which the performer plucks a seemingly endless quantity of silver coins from thin air. Special pail conceals one

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Description: Coin Pail. Chicago: Roterberg [?], ca. 1912. Brass champagne bucket that facilitates the magic trick known as the MiserÍs Dream, in which the performer plucks a seemingly endless quantity of silver coins from thin air. Special pail conceals one Kellar-type dropper and two droppers for stacks of coins. 6 _î high.

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Coin Pedestal. Hamburg: Janos Bartl [?], ca. 1940. Heavy turned metal pedestal delivers a stack of coins into a glass resting on top. Similar to a Silk Pedestal, but more substantial in construction and weight. 8 _î high.

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Description: Coin Pedestal. Hamburg: Janos Bartl [?], ca. 1940. Heavy turned metal pedestal delivers a stack of coins into a glass resting on top. Similar to a Silk Pedestal, but more substantial in construction and weight. 8 _î high.

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T.J. CrawfordÍs Coin Rack. Colon: AbbottÍs Magic Novelty Co., ca. 1937. Wooden rack with spaces for six coins facilitates the vanish of the money with the ñtouch of one finger,î as claimed catalog advertisements. Lacquered in four colors. 11 _î

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Description: T.J. CrawfordÍs Coin Rack. Colon: AbbottÍs Magic Novelty Co., ca. 1937. Wooden rack with spaces for six coins facilitates the vanish of the money with the ñtouch of one finger,î as claimed catalog advertisements. Lacquered in four colors. 11 _î wide. An early Abbott-made prop, and one seldom encountered.

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Enchanted Coin Rule. Vienna: S. Klingl, ca. 1949. Four coins vanish, then reappear appear dangling on the ends of strings running through a long flat ruler-like strip of wood. Includes duplicate ñrulerî that may be inspected by the audience. 21 _î

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Description: Enchanted Coin Rule. Vienna: S. Klingl, ca. 1949. Four coins vanish, then reappear appear dangling on the ends of strings running through a long flat ruler-like strip of wood. Includes duplicate ñrulerî that may be inspected by the audience. 21 _î long. Hallmarked. Outfitted with Austrian 2-Schilling coins.

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Coin Changing Tray. European, ca. 1880. Finely painted toleware tray in gilt and red secretly exchanges one coin for another. Mechanically operated underneath tray. 7 _î diameter. Minor wear to finish. Good working condition.

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Description: Coin Changing Tray. European, ca. 1880. Finely painted toleware tray in gilt and red secretly exchanges one coin for another. Mechanically operated underneath tray. 7 _î diameter. Minor wear to finish. Good working condition.

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Coin Wand. English, ca. 1880s. Finely nickel-plated antique mechanical wand at the tip of which a Gothic silver florin appears or disappears. Closed tip. Smooth and subtle in operation. 14 _î long (inclusive of coin). Fine.

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Description: Coin Wand. English, ca. 1880s. Finely nickel-plated antique mechanical wand at the tip of which a Gothic silver florin appears or disappears. Closed tip. Smooth and subtle in operation. 14 _î long (inclusive of coin). Fine.

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Coin Wand. French or English, late nineteenth century. Mechanical black metal wand produces or vanishes a French five-cent coin bearing the bust of Napoleon III. Closed tip. Smooth and subtle in operation. 14î long (inclusive of coin). Scattered

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Description: Coin Wand. French or English, late nineteenth century. Mechanical black metal wand produces or vanishes a French five-cent coin bearing the bust of Napoleon III. Closed tip. Smooth and subtle in operation. 14î long (inclusive of coin). Scattered patches of paint loss repaired, coin cleaned.

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 Crystal Casket. European, ca. 1880. A quantity of silk handkerchiefs of other objects appear in the glass-sided box at the magicianÍs command. Upper panel of red tinted glass. 4î cube. Paint worn; good.

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Description: Crystal Casket. European, ca. 1880. A quantity of silk handkerchiefs of other objects appear in the glass-sided box at the magicianÍs command. Upper panel of red tinted glass. 4î cube. Paint worn; good.

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Crystal Casket. German [?], first quarter twentieth century. A small clear glass case, with decorative brass trim and inner cloth surface, instantly fills with handkerchiefs or other objects. 4î cube. With an antique multicolored spring ball.

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Description: Crystal Casket. German [?], first quarter twentieth century. A small clear glass case, with decorative brass trim and inner cloth surface, instantly fills with handkerchiefs or other objects. 4î cube. With an antique multicolored spring ball.

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Cups and Balls. Circa 1900. Unusual set of turned brass cups with a scalloped shape approximating the form of a cone. Mouths 3 _î diameter, 5 _î high. Very good.

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Description: Cups and Balls. Circa 1900. Unusual set of turned brass cups with a scalloped shape approximating the form of a cone. Mouths 3 _î diameter, 5 _î high. Very good.

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Cups and Balls. New Haven: Petrie and Lewis (P&L), ca. 1930. Set of three spun copper cups for the ñoldest trick in the book.î With a handsome hardwood carrying case with five internal compartments.

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Description: Cups and Balls. New Haven: Petrie and Lewis (P&L), ca. 1930. Set of three spun copper cups for the ñoldest trick in the book.î With a handsome hardwood carrying case with five internal compartments.

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Davenport Cabinet. London: Joseph Bland, ca. 1876. Fine early example of this innocent-looking cabinet which switches, vanishes, or produces anything that fit in its drawers. Hardwood construction with Ivorine handles and plush drawer liners. 4 _î

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Description: Davenport Cabinet. London: Joseph Bland, ca. 1876. Fine early example of this innocent-looking cabinet which switches, vanishes, or produces anything that fit in its drawers. Hardwood construction with Ivorine handles and plush drawer liners. 4 _î high. An inked notation on the rear of the cabinet reads: ñTo Johnny Jones from Carlton King Jan. 2nd/32. This trick was given to me by Prof Ainsworth who purchased it at BlandÍs, London in 1876.î Jones and King were well known magicians in Chicago in the 1930s. Ainsworth was a Victorian-era magician who went on to manage Hippodrome theatres in Blackpool and Workington, England.

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Deck Switching Tray. Los Angeles: F.G. Thayer, ca. 1925. An apparently innocent mahogany tray allows the magician to secretly switch one deck for another. 7 x 9 _î.

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Description: Deck Switching Tray. Los Angeles: F.G. Thayer, ca. 1925. An apparently innocent mahogany tray allows the magician to secretly switch one deck for another. 7 x 9 _î.

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DevilÍs Mail Box/DevilÍs Card Rise. Los Angeles: F.G. Thayer & Co., ca. 1944. A lacquered picture frame on an elaborate base allows the performer to visibly yet secretly switch one envelope for another when placing an envelope in the frame. 6 _ x 9

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Description: DevilÍs Mail Box/DevilÍs Card Rise. Los Angeles: F.G. Thayer & Co., ca. 1944. A lacquered picture frame on an elaborate base allows the performer to visibly yet secretly switch one envelope for another when placing an envelope in the frame. 6 _ x 9 _ x 2 _î. With instructions and cards. Very good.

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Dice Vase. European [?], ca. 1900. Small turned wooden vase allows the performer to determine what numbers a spectator will roll on dice dropped inside. 4 _î high. With three dice. Unusual white finish with black trim.

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Description: Dice Vase. European [?], ca. 1900. Small turned wooden vase allows the performer to determine what numbers a spectator will roll on dice dropped inside. 4 _î high. With three dice. Unusual white finish with black trim.

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Die Box and Chimney. Circa 1910. Handsome and sturdy hardwood box with brass fittings. A wooden die vanishes from the box and reappears in a wooden chimney some distance away, which had been shown empty a moment before. Handsome box 8 _ x 4 x 5î.

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Description: Die Box and Chimney. Circa 1910. Handsome and sturdy hardwood box with brass fittings. A wooden die vanishes from the box and reappears in a wooden chimney some distance away, which had been shown empty a moment before. Handsome box 8 _ x 4 x 5î. Shells in need of re-hinging. Good.

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Diminishing Cards. Circa 1910s. A fan of cards is reduced to one-fifth of its original size as the magician incrementally shrinks it. Incorporating a tin framework. White and blue plaid back. Scuffed, but complete and solidly constructed.

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Description: Diminishing Cards. Circa 1910s. A fan of cards is reduced to one-fifth of its original size as the magician incrementally shrinks it. Incorporating a tin framework. White and blue plaid back. Scuffed, but complete and solidly constructed.

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Alphabet Divination. Circa 1900. Four blocks with letters of the alphabet _ which may be formed into a word of the spectatorÍs choosing _ are locked in a handsome oblong hardwood box. The magician instantly divines the word or letters inside.

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Description: Alphabet Divination. Circa 1900. Four blocks with letters of the alphabet _ which may be formed into a word of the spectatorÍs choosing _ are locked in a handsome oblong hardwood box. The magician instantly divines the word or letters inside. Includes twenty-six wooden blocks each decorated with a letter of the alphabet, carrying case for same, and hardwood box. Box 10 _î long. Key lacking, else very good.

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Divination Box. Hamburg: Carl Willmann, ca. 1900. Four numbered blocks are arranged in a box by a spectator. This box is locked in another, larger box. Even so, the magician knows their order. Handsomely constructed. Largest box 6 x 3 _ x 1 _î.

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Description: Divination Box. Hamburg: Carl Willmann, ca. 1900. Four numbered blocks are arranged in a box by a spectator. This box is locked in another, larger box. Even so, the magician knows their order. Handsomely constructed. Largest box 6 x 3 _ x 1 _î. Lacks key (easily replaced), else very good.

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