State Library of South Australia logo To be a child
SA Memory. South Australia past and present, for the future

Mechanical puzzles and magic rings
Title : Mechanical puzzles and magic rings Mechanical puzzles and magic rings
Add To My SA Memory
Source : Lucy Collection
Format : Toy
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
Catalogue record
The State Library of South Australia is keen to find out more about SA Memory items. We encourage you to contact the Library if you have additional information about any of these items.
Donated by : Lucy Family
Copyright : Reproduction rights are owned by State Library of South Australia. This image may be printed or saved for research or study. Use for any other purpose requires permission from the State Library of South Australia. To request approval, complete the Permission to publish form.
Description :

Two wooden heart puzzles, an Imperial scale puzzle, the Arabi gun puzzle, a strand of interlinked rings, and a wire puzzle or vexier. All of these puzzles, which are only a few of the puzzles within the Lucy Collection and the Children's Literature Research Collection, involve patience and dexterity; some involve a trick or secret, which are mostly revealed in Hoffman's Mechanical puzzles.

The Lucy Family of Modbury donated a collection of books, toys and games to the State Library in the 1980s; the puzzles and tricks within the collection and many of the books reflect the interests of William Everard Lucy in the subject. No doubt he delighted in amusing family and friends with these. They were played with by several generations before being given to the Library.

Related names :

Lucy, William Everard (1860-19390

Further reading :

The Australian kids' book of brainteasers and puzzles, illustrated by Patrick Cook, London; Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1984

Costello, Matthew J. The greatest puzzles of all time, New York: Prentice Hall Press, c1988

Everyman's classic puzzles, [compiled by] Gyles Brandreth, London: Dent, 1985

Hoffmann, Professor. Mechanical puzzles, London: F. Warne & Co., [1896]

Internet links :
Exhibitions and events :



About SA Memory

Explore SA Memory

SA Memory Themes


My SA Memory


What's on