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The Specialist and Tinplate toy sale to be held on the 14th April starts with boxed and unboxed models from Corgi and Dinky, including emergency vehicles, road and racing cars, military, French Dinky and Corgi Gift sets. The sale will also include The Hertfordshire Collection, 152 lots of Brooklin 1/43rd scale models and collectors club sets, plus Durham Classics, Corgi, Matchbox and Brumm. The Canadian Collection features models from Corgi, Dinky, Tekno, Rob Eddie (Brooklin Models), plus Corgi and Dinky shop displays, catalogues and magazines. The sale concludes with a spectacular Tinplate & Plastic collection, featuring battery operated, clockwork, friction drive, and remote-control toys. Items include cars and vehicles, steam and traction engines, novelty toys and animals, robots, space related and aircraft from manufacturers such as Triang Minic, Pocher, Schuco, Lehmann, Nomura and many others.


KNK (Earth Whole Models of Japan) very large scale radio-controlled model of a Military Jeep - very scarce substantially constructed example, believed fitted with a Chikyudo petrol engine and designed to be radio-controlled, unchecked for completeness but comes with water cooled engine with fan, battery-operated front and rear lamps with fold down windscreen, opening bonnet with spring loaded catches and folding canvas canopy, there are some tools in the rear toolbox and a screw on spare wheel. The model is untested for either operation or completeness but is otherwise a Good Plus to Excellent scarce example which is sought after by radio-controlled enthusiasts worldwide and is 21"/54cm long. The model comes with a photo-copy of the instruction book (in Japanese).
Estimate: £1500 - £2000
TN Toys (Nomura of Japan) tinplate "Batman Robot" from 1966 - very scarce example is light blue/dark blue with yellow pocket detail, plastic grinning head (one of several variations - similar to the Adam West character) and does include a blue cloth cape with bat shape clip, some minor marks and one of the terminals in the otherwise clean battery compartment may require attention, UNTESTED but generally Good Plus to Excellent scarce example, 12"/31cm high.
Estimate: £1000 - £1500 Sold For: £1800
Corgi 225 Austin Seven Mini "Jensen's" promotional issue - scarce example is dark red, with lemon interior, small scratch to one side of the Jensen's transfer on the drivers door - otherwise Near Mint bright example which comes in an Excellent card box with correct "J" sticker to one end flap and Corgi Model Club slip to the interior. Believed to have been a Danish promotional issue.
Estimate: £600 - £800
Lehmann 689 "Adam" tinplate Luggage Porter with original trunk, clockwork operation, with walking action, in working order with integral key, the man has a blue jacket with check trousers, red cap, red/cream luggage trolley with brown tinplate trunk with opening lid - a Good scarce example. This toy was produced from around 1914 until the outbreak of the WW2 and has survived remarkable well, some chipping to the upper arm area and shoes but generally Good Plus, only the 2nd such example Vectis have had, 8.5"/21cm tall.
Estimate: £800 - £1200
Corgi Toys 251 Hillman Imp - scarce promotional "Jensen's" issue, finished in light blue with yellow interior, a few minor marks - otherwise an Excellent scarce example in a Good card box, some creasing to the inner flaps at one end but does include the Corgi Model Club paper slips.
Estimate: £400 - £600 Sold For: £400
Corgi Toys Gift Set GS16 - scarce set featuring Ecurie Ecosse Racing Car Transporter in metallic blue with scarce red cab interior and printing to body sides, metallic grey ramps. Racing Cars comprise 150S Vanwall - red with racing number 25 and flat spun hubs; 152S BRM Formula 1 Grand Prix - turquoise with racing number 1 and flat spun hubs; 154 Ferrari Formula 1 Grand Prix - red with racing number 36 and spun hubs - all cars have their driver figures. Each car comes in an individual box which are crisp Excellent examples each with Corgi Club paperwork. The transporter and all three racing cars are generally Near Mint to Mint bright examples and all are fitted with suspension. The set also includes inner packaging, transporter operating instructions and two sets of Corgi wheel trim accessories for two of the racing cars, the outer box has some light wear to the edges but is otherwise Good Plus and still has the original price pencilled in to the lid along with the "Genuine Track Rod Steering" label - a nice set, hard to find in this condition.
Estimate: £300 - £400 Sold For: £700
Corgi Toys Gift Set GS38 Monte Carlo Rally 3-Car Set - scarce set comprises BMC Mini Cooper S - red including interior, racing number 52, Rover 2000 - metallic red with white roof and red interior, racing number 136, Citroen DS19 - light blue with white roof, racing number 75, small scratches to a couple of the transfers - all cars have box rubs to the white roofs which may be improved by careful polishing otherwise contents are Good Plus to Excellent. All is contained in a Good illustrated card box with inner packing piece and a Good Plus pictorial display stand.
Estimate: £300 - £400 Sold For: £700
Gama (Germany) tinplate Cadillac large scale 4-door Sedan - scarce metallic blue colour - an impressive model, with detailed tinprinted interior, bright plated parts including hub caps, friction drive with steerable front wheels (UNTESTED), some minor marks but generally Excellent overall, 12.5"/31cm long.
Estimate: £300 - £400
Wells o' London Pre-War tinplate Royal Mail Van - circa 1928, one of their medium sized models finished in red, with twin opening rear doors, uniformed driver figure, gilt lettering, black roof and running boards, "W" to radiator grille, spoke wheels - a Good scarce example which has survived remarkably well, clockwork motor in working order with permanent key, 7"/18cm long.
Estimate: £360 - £400
Pocher (Italy) large 1/8th scale Mercedes 500K circa 1934 - highly detailed kitbuilt impressive model is black with beige interior, includes 2 spare wheels to rear, dashboard with ignition key, folded hood, spoked wheels etc. There may be some loose/missing minor detail parts as is common with these models but does come with a separate bag containing numberplate, scarce tool roll, road map and other parts - a Good Plus impressive model that is becoming harder to find, 25"/63cm long.
Estimate: £200 - £300 Sold For: £220
Yonezawa (Japan) 2205 "Moon Explorer" battery operated toy from the 1960's - scarce example is red/white, with clear plastic domes, tinprinted detailed cockpit area with pilot figure, includes revolving white antenna to roof and 4 x plastic pads to feet, spring loaded door to one side reveals astronaut figure with camera, comes with blue plastic N27 rocket shaped battery control box. UNTESTED but otherwise Excellent Plus to Near Mint for display and comes in a Good Plus illustrated card box with "Fairylite" label and inner manufacturers warning slip, 8"/21cm long.
Estimate: £200 - £300 Sold For: £750