Here are some beautiful objects and photographs (from the web) and a Japanese illusion box that was given to me recently (owned by a late cousin of mine, who was an artist and magician).
The Cups and Balls is one of the oldest magic routines in existence, believed to date back to Roman Times. There is a whole museum in Texas (real and virtual) devoted to the topic. It has fine examples of the variety of designs that exist. Cups and Balls Museum.
A atomaton of a magician. There are versions of this piece in existence. Typically the conjurer lifts the hat to either reveal or remove an object (usually more than one, depending on the complexity of the machine).
Japanese Ilusion Box (and silks)
Photographs in this series: Tom Casesa
I consider this quite a find. After taking it apart I discovered that it was made by Mikame Craft, which is still in business. My guess is that it is from the 60s or 70s. The box (the outer shell and the inside draw) allow the magician to make various objects appear, even after being examined and being found to be empty.
When I received the box, it contained to colorful, vintage silks representing playing cards - the Queen of Hearts, and the King of Diamonds.