Here’s a magnificent photo of Bess Houdini I recently found on an auction website (below). The glittering goodies on the table include some pretty recognizable stuff. such as the original bronze Houdini bust, the legendary Mirror Cuffs, and the Hamilton & Co. silver duplicates of those cuffs.
In her essay, “Recollections of Harry and Bess Houdini,” published in the appendix of Houdini!!! The Career of Ehrich Weiss, by Kenneth Silverman (p. 423), Marie Blood, Houdini and Bess’s niece, remembers the cuffs and perhaps something else that appears in the photo:
There was a gold-leaf curio cabinet in the bedroom, with a curved glass door. Inside were treasures—the gold Fabergé ladle Houdini received for his performance before royalty in Russia; the famous Mirror Handcuffs; silver engraved rice bowls from China; and a beautiful little ivory baby carriage with a tiny satin pillow and coverlet.
Admittedly, I don’t know what the Fabergé ladle or the rice bowls look like, but do you think they’re in this picture? How about the other stuff? Recognize anything in particular? Where is all of it now? I’d love to hear your thoughts about these “treasures” and where you think the picture was taken.