25 July 2011
In the Wallis & Wallis Toy & Model Auction on Monday 13th June, a Shackleton David Brown Trackmaster 30 Tractor sold at a hammer price of £2,600. ...
You might not expect a tracked vehicle to go fast, but there was little doubt that this particular example was not going to hang about for long! Lot 315 in the Wallis & Wallis Toy & Model Auction on Monday 13th June was one of only 50 made of the Shackleton Model David Brown Trackmaster 30 Tractor. Selling at a hammer price of £2,600, it certainly lived up to expectations and was a worthy cover star for the auction catalogue.
The model itself was in very good, unplayed-with condition, sporting just a few minor chips, while the original box showed signs of wear and tear with tape repairs to the lid. This heavy diecast and tinplate constructed mechanically driven model, painted in red with heavy duty black rubber tracks, came complete with both headlights, exhaust stack, battery box and with its original key.
Within the same sale there was an interesting selection of pre-production, hand-finished and limited edition examples of model locomotives belonging to Tom Carfrae, a retired Hornby executive. He had joined Rovex at Margate in 1959 and during his career with Rovex, Tri-ang, Tri-ang Hornby and Hornby he became the Chief Development Engineer and latterly Chief Model Maker & Researcher for the present day company, Hornby Hobbies Ltd.
There were certainly some splendid model locomotives to choose from plus some equally rare catalogues, and prices ranged from £45 to £200. At the latter price was a specially produced Hornby Dublo style 2-rail OO gauge, mint, LNER V2 Class 2-6-2 No 4771 ‘Green Arrow’. This was from a very limited edition of 210 pieces celebrating the Golden Jubilee of Hornby Dublo 1938–88.
The example offered was No 8 complete with certificate, presented in an attractive retro design box. Interestingly, Meccano had planned to produce a Class V2 but never proceeded with the project, so this really was an opportunity to acquire ‘one that got away’!
Other train highlights included the second part of the David Carpenter collection of German HO scale model railway items from a variety of manufacturers including Brawa, Fleischmann, Liliput, Roco and Trix. Also included were some choice items from N to O gauge.
Among the road vehicles in this sale, a good, boxed example of the Dinky Supertoys Foden 14-ton Tanker ‘Regent’ (942) reached £390, while a mint and boxed Foden Flat truck with chains (505) was not far behind at £360.
Two lots comprising different three Chad Valley ‘Wee-Kin’ clockwork toy series vehicles sold at £300 apiece, easily outstripping their £70-100 pre-sale estimates. Also reaching £300 was a nice selection of seven early Matchbox series vehicles plus other models making a dozen in total.
Buyer’s premium of 17.5% + VAT is charged on hammer prices. The next Toy & Model Auction at the Wallis and Wallis’s West Street Auction Galleries, Lewes, Sussex, is on July 25th.