Roundhouse loco is the star of Wallis and Wallis auction

11 October 2019
The September Wallis and Wallis sale comprised almost 1,500 lots and was loaded with impressive collectables

The September Wallis & Wallis sale comprised almost 1,500 lots and was loaded towards diecast, with plenty of Dinky and Corgi models up for grabs.

Britains toys also got a look-in: the winning bid on a Britains Home Farm series Farm Waggon was £80, which was something of a bargain for the set was in very good condition, with only minor chipping evident. The box was also sound, which probably helped the sale. Another good example was lot 1254: this was a superb assembly, featuring The Changing of the Guard, and contained 84 soldiers in all, together with a couple of sentry boxes. In a two-tiered box, the whole was in very good condition and made £480.

However, over double that (£900, to be precise) was the winning bid on a delightful Roundhouse G scale 0-6-2 continental style tender locomotive. This live steam example was beautifully detailed as is normally the case with Roundhouse and was finished in dark green livery. It even came fitted with a running light above the smokebox. It would have graced any large scale loco layout, without a doubt.

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And back to diecast: one of the most unusual lots was the Corgi export model of the Commer Police Van. This carried Dutch rubric and was finished in a dark metallic blue. An ex-museum display model, it sold for a healthy £180. Sadly, a lovely little Dinky Streamlined Bus (reference 29b) didn’t find a new home; but a good example of the Corgi Ecurie Ecosse car transporter, complete with three cars and all boxes, did, fetching £260.