P&L Ultra Perfect Card Box by Petrie-Lewis(c. 1921)
P&L created two versions of this aptly named Perfect Card Box: the Standard Model c. 1921 and the Thin Model c. 1932. They are both still pretty “thin” because the Standard is only 9/16″ thick and to be honest I prefer the Standard. To me this is easily the prettiest, most practical, most convincing, and one of the hardest to figure out of all card boxes I have seen. I prefer it to both Brema/Viking ones I have here and here, and the Joe Porper one too. When I received it, even though I have worked with over 40 different card boxes and I had the instructions in front of me, it still took me about thirty minutes to figure out how to open the flap. Once you have the knack it is easy, but that first ah-ha moment took me a while – which is the true test of the Perfect Card Box 🙂
Pictured is the Standard Model and it will vanish/change at least thirteen Poker sized cards. That is an amazing load and all in 9/16″ of solid silver. I am really amazed by this stunning card box! Although I’ve read that P&L only hallmarked the Thin Model with their famous P&L Logo that is not true because this is the Standard Model and the P&L Logo is clear as day. This was made with what P&L call Solid Cupro Silver – this is probably what we call Sterling Silver today (since Sterling Silver is silver with about 7.5% copper added for strength), and it shines up beautifully with a bit of elbow grease and polish.
From their original ad:
Effect: Wrought from SOLID CUPRO SILVER, this Box contains both in artistic finish and mechanical perfection all the qualities that could be possibly demanded of the most fastidious and highly finished performer. The subtle mechanical principle which enables the performer to produce, vanish or change the Cards while Box is in the hands of the spectator, is the very essence of indetectability, and may also be used with great effect in mind reading and Spirit message tests.
The SOLID SILVER feature of this Box is in itself a positive guarantee and renders the Hinges and delicate parts immune from corrosion or rust. No Nickel plate to wear or peal off. It can safely be left in the hands of the audience without fear of detection. Lasting beauty and Service are what make this a P&L product of the highest order.
Approx. Price: $250.00 (2019) ***Notice: I am not a dealer and this item is not for sale on this site. It maybe available in the links below or at our sister site: qualitymagicsales.com, but not from here so please do not ask.
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