ANTIQUE JAPANESE BALL TRICK - 1851 - THE GREAT EXHIBITION
This extremely rare and beautiful survivor of The Great Exhibition of 1851 is an example of one of the extraordinary items being sold at this time.
The Japanese Ball Trick, as it says on the label, was exhibited and sold as well as performed at the Crystal Palace in Sydenham. The Great Exhibition was of course the idea of Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert and exhibited a vast array of items for leisure and pleasure as well as practicality.
The puzzle consists of a heavy, beautifully turned 'puzzle ball' (6cm diameter), which in this instance is not used as the normal puzzle balls are. This trick is performed by threading a simple piece of string with a tassle on the end into and out of the hole that goes through the ball. By magic it appears when the two pieces of string are held vertically , the ball can be made to move and stop by pressure on the string. This occurs because of the threading mechanism inside the hole.
A copy of the solution sheet is included inside the beautifully preserved box, with its original label. A piece worthy of any museum and collection.