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
General Category History
Source Category Found In Collection
Accession Date JAN 1,2001
Location Room 1, Shelf 5
Object Date 1930
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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.
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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.
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.
Date NOV 14,2013
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