Clocks and castles

03 February 2017
Vectis-bayko-54009.jpg Highly desirable oak bricks made this Bayko castle worth a long siege: it realised £750.
The second of Vectis' auctions included a superb selection of Chinese Hornby locomotives and rolling stock, together with Bachmann and British Outline.
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There was also an array of HO American and continental locomotives, rolling stock and accessories – and even some railwayana.

A useful lot was that of Heljan/Roco railway accessories, consisting of a Roco 40110 Dock Crane and a Heljan 89001 Motorised Crane, together with a Fleischmann Motorised Crane. In excellent condition with boxes, against an estimate of £80-120 the trio finally went to a new home for a remarkable £520.

On to the nuts and bolts. A 1930s Meccano No.3 Storage Box with a number of parts in blue and gold included flexible plates, pulleys, brassware and associated items, all of which was contained in a large red Meccano No.3 Storage Box with two lift-out trays. This doubled the guideline, selling for £400.

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A number of Graham Farish models also did well despite the fact that they had been repainted, lined and transferred. Estimated at £100-150, the lot was knocked down for £260.

More impressive was the Meccano factory model of a 1970s suspension bridge, with moving roadway for Dinky toys. Too many bidders wanted this novelty and the upper guideline of £160 was quickly eclipsed, the hammer closing on £640.

Bayko, especially of the oak brick variety, is always sought after and the 1930s oak model castle really focussed those present. Whilst requiring some work it was still catalogued as generally excellent. A high-ish estimate of £360-460 wasn’t enough, for it finally sold for £750.

Less well-known is Mini/Tudor Bricks and the Tudor Residence model, built using white, black and brown bricks, was set off by a green base which in turn was mounted on a wooden base measuring 15 inches by 11 inches approximately. In good plus condition, this sold well at £200.