Pointing the way

06 December 2017
dinky-lorry-75944.jpg Chain lorries are always sought after: a Foden 505 in bright green sold for £250.
It was definitely full steam ahead at the recent John Goodwin sale:

It was definitely full steam ahead at the recent John Goodwin sale: the auctioneers expressed delight with the success of their latest specialist auction sale of transport related items, diecast toys and model railway items at the Three Counties Showground.  The sale was extremely well attended with many familiar faces, including private collectors and trade buyers.  

Enamel advertising signs got the sale off to a flying start, with an original Droitwich Spa town sign making £190, whilst motoring-related signs commanded serious interest, with an Esso Blue example making £130 and a Lyons Cakes sign £80. Motoring books of vintage and classic cars, along with old vehicle manuals, were also highly sought after.

A collection of omnibus and coaching timetables from a private estate attracted a host of enquiries, with many unique municipal and town corporation timetables form the 1950s seeing serious competition.

Because of the specialist interest generated as a result of careful research by the auctioneers, four lots of over 320 timetables from the halcyon days of bus and coach travel, including local BMMO Midland Red services, made a healthy combined hammer price of £750.

In a similar private estate offering, several albums of local transport photographs, including photographs of Spring Lane garage in Malvern, attracted serious interest and achieved £65. On that theme, a pair of radiator badges from Midland Red D9 double decker buses made £85 and £95 respectively.

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Railwayana, as hinted at in the title, also did well: a collection of four pointer signs from the old footbridge between Gloucester Eastgate and Central stations were sold to a telephone bidder for £1,000, with a fifth from the same source achieving a respectable £220 hammer price. Fierce local rivalry for signal lever plates from the Stoke Edith signal box let to a multiple estimate hammer price of £240.

Finally, diecasts: cars, lorries and models in the smaller scale remain very highly collectable and the auctioneers were pleased to see a more buoyant market than at recent specialist sales for Dinky Toys. Several boxed models attracted high estimate prices. A boxed Foden Tanker in playworn condition sold at £70, while a boxed Leyland Octopus sold for £130, with a boxed Foden 505 flat tuck with chains tipping the scales at £250.

Britains’ metal models continue to be in demand and a scarce boxed Fordson Super Major tractor went to an overseas buyer for £120. Corgi buses were in abundance from a local estate and the famous Motorway Coach models were also eagerly bid upon.