Tinplate jumbo arrives at Cottees

06 October 2020
Cottees recent sale had the punters out in (virtual) force.

A good number of Marklin HO railway items sold on the day, although Bachmann and Lima engines and rolling stock also featured in the sale. A Bachmann (shop?) display case with working lighting raised £80 but just £20 was enough to secure a Hornby O gauge post-war set consisting of an MO Goods Set with an 0-4-0 loco and tender in red numbered No.6161, together with two open wagons and a small quantity of two rail tinplate track. It was even boxed!

Kits also put in appearance, with a huge number selling at the event: tanks, aircraft and railway items all crossed the podium, and you could almost smell the adhesive. A trio of Airfix BAC TSR-2 kits realised £100 while a pair of Italieri Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird kits made £130. All were unmade. Four Hobby Craft aircraft kits (RB-47H "Watchdog" Reconnaissance, two USAF B-47E “Stratojet" Bombers  and a B-47B "1st SAC Striker") stopped at £40 but there were also examples of other aircraft kits from Hasegawa, Revell, Minicraft, Dynavector, Tamiya and Academy. On the Tamiya front, several 1/35 scale tanks were sold: these kits are highly rated in terms of quality amongst modellers, and a group of five WW2 subjects was bid to £85.

On the vintage side of things was a Blomer & Schuler German tinplate Jumbo, which made £90. This was a clockwork elephant, and a version finished in dark grey. He was classed as in fair to good condition.

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Another German lot was the Schuco 1012 "Mirakomot" tinplate clockwork motorcycle. Marked Made in the US Zone of Germany, it was finished in red and carried a light tan rider, with racing number 4 on his back. In good condition, he finally sold for £60.

For aviation enthusiasts, something of a bargain in the shape of an unboxed Meccano No.1 Aeroplane Constructor set built as a biplane: this was lovely in cream and red and it was described as a good plus example. Together with instructions, it sold for £80.

Finally, another UK slice of nostalgia in the shape of a Chad Valley Gypsy Caravan tinplate confectionery container. A scarce example in pale yellow, it featured hinged steps to the front and a hinged roof which formed the lid. Equipped with freely turning wheels and some six and half inches long, it was knocked down for £110.