Big gauge hunting at Capes Dunn

10 September 2020
The Capes Dunn auction in Heaton Mersey certainly served up the goods in terms of large scale railway models.

An Accucraft boxed gauge 1 live steam model of a 2-4-0 Tank loco No.6 (Pevril) in Isle of Man brown livery stood out; butane powered with a remote control, it made £950. This was eclipsed by the Accucraft gauge 1 live steam L&B Baldwin 2-4-2 Tank loco (Lyn - No.762) that was finished in Southern green livery; again butane fuelled, this steamer raised £1,200.

Rather less was the Accucraft gauge O live steam 0-6-2 Tank loco in green and black, which sold for £600; while a Roundhouse Engineering O gauge live steam 2-6-2 Pannier Tank loco attracted plenty of attention, this finally settling on a bid of £2,400. However, pride of place at the event went to the Accucraft O gauge live steam MS00723 of an NG16 GARRETT 2-6-2 and 2-6-2 loco, named Edison Green. Numbered 138, resplendent in green and black livery, powered by butane and with all accessories, it was as new: a wallet-thinning £3,400 was needed to take it home.

On to the real relics: a number of wagon and locomotive plaques also went under the hammer, with prices ranging from £80 up to £1,300. A brass locomotive whistle of the organ pipe type made £70 and there was an interesting 19th century oak-cased circular wall clock for Manchester, South Junction and Altrincham: this sold for £160.

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In terms of playthings, a Chad Valley (Wee-Kin) spring-driven diecast metal milk delivery lorry with a load of eight churns wasn’t mint (a stay was missing) but did have its key: this sold for a bargain £20.
From Germany, the Bing tinplate gramophone (ask your grandparents!) was of pre-war manufacture. The Pigmyphone featured a silver-painted conical horn and a record for playing. Accompanying this lot was a pre-war tinplate cooker and a mangle and bowl from the same era. The ensemble raised £60.