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Object ID 001071

Object Name Glass of Water from Napkin magic trick

Object Desc Cardboard box containing paper instruction sheet, metal clip, and small glass used for "glass of water from napkin" magic trick.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000941a-d

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Toys


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,2001


Location Room 1, Shelf 5

Object Date 1930

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords magic,S.S. Adams Company,toys,

Title Glass of Water from Napkin magic trick

Description Tan cardboard box containing an instruction sheet, glass goblet, and black metal clip for the "glass of water from napkin" magic trick. Box lid flap claims that water, real wine, or cocktails are produced from a napkin that is first shown to be empty. Box originally contained a rubber cover that fit over the top of the goblet.


Approx Collection Date

Height 3

Length 0

Width 3.5

Depth 3.5

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details Above measurements are for the cardboard box. Instruction sheet measures 4.5" x 4.5" and is folded in fourths. Goblet is 3.5" tall and measures 2" across at base and 2.25" across top of goblet. Black metal clip is 3.75" at its longest point and 1.75" at widest point.

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker SS Adams Company

Maker Details Soren Sorenson "Sam" Adams, a Danish immigrant, started a New Jersey company in 1904 to make and sell Cachoo sneezing powder. He later expanded the company under its new name, the S.S. Adams' Company, and made such novelties as snakes in nut can, dribble glass, razzberry cushion, and the joy buzzer. He continued to lead the company until his death in 1963 at the age of 84.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY941a-d



Date NOV 14,2013

Summary Fair

Assessor Molly Hannan

Notes Cardboard box is damaged and worn. One inside flap is torn off and there is considerable edge wear overall. Folded paper instruction sheet is in good condition and free of tears or discoloration. Glass goblet is scratched in a few places. Black metal clip has some paint missing on edges but is intact. Rubber cover for goblet is missing.


Date JUN 12,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 1, Shelf 5 from Room 1, Shelf 6 - automatic entry by admin