This is the very early version of the clatter box from Jack Hughes in England. It is wood, plastic and metal. The base is hallmarked with J Hughes. His later models were much more colorful, this is a great find for the collector looking to add an early model to his collection.
A possible effect would be: A colored silk is removed from a box held by a spectator. The Magician vanishes the silk, and claims the silk will magically re-appear in the box. When the spectator attempts to open the box, it falls to pieces, with the silk attached to top of box dangling in spectator’s hand. Will draw a laugh from any audience.
This has seen some use, no silks or instructions.