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I need help to identify this box. I think it is a Mikame item but am not sure. I have used it as a small prediction chest but it could be used to produce, vanish or switch small items such as billets. Dimensions: 3.75 inches wide, 2.75 inches deep, 2.25 inches high. It is extremely well made and can be examined. If you know who made it or where to find information please let me know on here or by PM. Also, I am interested in the history of the design and a guess at its value. Thanks

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Hi Psy1!

It doesn't look like a Mikame piece. Perhaps Thayer, Owen, or German maker? It appears to be more like a watch box.

I'm assuming it functions like a Lippincott box?
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This appears to function like a Lippincott box but is much nicer quality than any I have seen so far. I purchased it in the late 70's at a Magic Hands convention from another convention member. The design and finish is equal to the finest furniture quality I have ever seen. Whoever made it is/was a master craftsman.
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Good find Sponge. Definitely could also be English made.

Psy1, if you are on Facebook, there are several groups that focus on collectible magic. They are full of educated and experienced collectors who should be able to help you.
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Depending on how it operates, it may be a watch box. Those were made to a much higher quality than ring or coin boxes and were always cloth lined to protect the watch from scratches and ensure quiet operation. The size is right for a watch box too.
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On Feb 6, 2021, FrankFindley wrote:
Depending on how it operates, it may be a watch box. Those were made to a much higher quality than ring or coin boxes and were always cloth lined to protect the watch from scratches and ensure quiet operation. The size is right for a watch box too.

That is my thinking now. It is bigger than most ring boxes I have seen and big enough for a watch. It was so well made that I bought it just for how well it was made and for how nice it felt in my hand. I didn't care what it was. I just knew that I wanted it because of the craftsmanship. I have had it for over 40 years now and it still works perfectly! The workings are so precise that they are virtually undetectable.
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It is very close to the Thayer Watch Box design. See this auction listing for one from the 1930s:

https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/556......g-thayer

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I need help to identify this box.

Your box is a Vampire Magic (Max Andrews) Self Locking Watch Box.
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Thanks Brad.

Google search turned up this inner box from a Vampire nest of boxes set. Sure looks similar...
https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/a......14249333
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On Feb 7, 2021, Wizard of Oz wrote:
Thanks Brad.

Google search turned up this inner box from a Vampire nest of boxes set. Sure looks similar...
https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/a......14249333


This is exactly what it is. Thanks for your help. Now, If I only had the rest of the next of boxes. lol
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