16 September 2011
The keyword for the Wallis & Wallis Toy & Model Auction held at Lewes, Sussex, on Monday 25th July was ‘variety’, with a wide choice of model railway items, diecast vehicles, figures and tinplate toys among the lots. ...
The keyword for the Wallis & Wallis Toy & Model Auction held at Lewes, Sussex, on Monday 25th July was ‘variety’, with a wide choice of model railway items, diecast vehicles, figures and tinplate toys among the lots.
One of the top selling items of the day was a set of four unusual, mounted medieval Knights in armour, probably of German origin, from the 1920s/1930s.
These heavy quality, detailed lead toys had all the figures and detailed accessories separately cast and were also slightly larger in scale than the equivalent Britains or Timpo versions. With some wear noted, the figures were in good condition for their age and reached a price of £380, above pre-sale estimates of £200-300.
Also sold above estimate was a limited run Corgi Toys James Bond Aston Martin DB5 (No 270), fitted with ‘Red Spot’ Whizzwheels and rubber tyres, at £380. These were only produced for a short period as they did not prove very successful and were replaced by the more common all-plastic wheeled versions.
The model railway section included the concluding part of the David Carpenter Collection of German HO scale. A quantity of HO items from Roco and other manufacturers sold at £220, above estimates of £80-120.
A 1950s Britains ROAN boxed set of Royal Horse Artillery with Gun and Escort, No 39, sold for £160, while a Britains set of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs sold for £100.
A 1960s Tri-ang Austin A50 Cambridge Pedal Car sold for £160, while a large scale model of an early 1900s Paddle Steamer ‘Southwold Belle’ went for £270. A selection of 28 Dinky Toys reached £250, above pre-sale estimates of £80-130.
For those with an eye for something different, there was the last ever made (un-issued) ‘Blankety Blank’ cheque book and pen from the BBC TV series, etched with Les Dawson’s signature, which found a new home at £160.
PICTURED: £380 bought these Knights in armour.