Gilt and painted 19th century Victorian stage illusionist’s disappearing chest.
Illusionists and spiritualists were popular attractions in Victorian theatres and exhibition halls. Audiences could sit amazed as ghosts appeared on stage and automata solved mathematical puzzles. Renowned performers appeared to levitate, slice the heads off spectators and escape out of locked boxes.
What better way to advertise your refined and exotic sensibilities than displaying this one-of-a-kind museum piece in your drawing room.
Very rare find! Could perhaps serve as blanket box if the necessary legerdemain skills are lacking.
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