Back to News

The Specialist and Tinplate and toy sale to be held on the 20th of July, starts with Part 2 of The Torvic Matchbox Collection which features Matchbox Models of Yesteryears including pre-production and colour trial models and trade packs. The sale continues with further Matchbox models of Yesteryear, Code 2, Giftware, Lesney studio photographs plus Superfast and regular wheel models. The Southgate Collection includes King Size, Super King, Regular Wheel and Superfast groups, gift sets and single models. Plus, Corgi and Dinky, including aircraft, Britains boxed sets and trade boxes, Triang Minic ships, catalogues and brochures. The sale will also include TV & film related models, Minichamp motorcycles, motorcycle kits, Trucks, slot cars, Corgi and Dinky models plus The David Lisle Collection of diecast, tinplate and plastic buses from Dinky, Corgi, Chad Valley, Triang Minic and many others. The sale concludes with further Tinplate & Plastic lots including space and novelty toys, pedal cars, pressed steel models and vehicles, and large scale boats and ships including remote control and motorised.


Matchbox Models of Yesteryear Y11 1938 Lagonda Drophead Coupe - metallic gold body, black grille and seats, metallic purple chassis, front and rear bumpers with model number cast but without raised tabs and held into position by different sized rivets, brass 24-spoke wheels - couple of very minor marks to bonnet, small mark to nearside rear wing otherwise clean and bright - Excellent Plus in a Good box.
Estimate: £400 - £600 Sold For: £400
Matchbox Models of Yesteryear Y12 Ford Model T Van "Colman's Mustard" pre-production colour trial - off white body with type 1 red rear doors, matt black roof, black seats, gold plated parts, gloss black chassis with Y12 base and red 12-spoke wheels - (small casting faults to bonnet) - otherwise Near Mint in a Near Mint type I straw window box.
Estimate: £150 - £200 Sold For: £300
Carette (Germany) or similar Tinplate Clockwork Vintage Taxi Cab - scarce German made clockwork car dating from approximately 1910 - red with yellow trim, steerable front wheels, clockwork motor in working order driving rear wheels with integral key, one side lamp is detached but present in a separate bag and needs re-attaching and the model lacks lamps to the front panel of the cab, does include the taxi meter (lacks needle) but does include a uniformed chauffeur, spoked wheels together with opening rear doors on each side of the passenger compartment with wire handles - Fair scarce example, these cars are becoming harder to find 9"/23cm long.
Estimate: £300 - £400 Sold For: £540
Matchbox Models of Yesteryear Y6 1916 AEC "Y" type Lorry "Osram Lamps" - duck egg blue body and chassis, gold trim, duck egg blue driver and seat and steering wheel, grenodised wheels with crimped axles - extremely rare issue - a few very minor nibbles to decal edges but possibly one of the best examples of this hard to find model - Excellent in a Good Plus type A card box.
Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000 Sold For: £4,200
Chad Valley (UK) tinplate clockwork "London Transport" Double Decker Bus - of tinprinted aluminium/tinplate construction, often used as a confectionery container with removable dark grey roof, in red livery with cream window surrounds, advertising includes Carr's Biscuits, tinprinted detail includes conductor and driver, fitted with balloon wheels, 10"/26cm long, no key but the motor is in working order, some minor age related marks here and there otherwise an Excellent example which unusually still retains its illustrated box.
Estimate: £300 - £500 Sold For: £520
"Riley" Motorised Electric Pedal Car - believed to have been custom built circa 1970's from fiberglass, steel and aluminium, finished in yellow with blue wings, black upholstered interior, with electric motor driving rear wheels via chain drive, opening bonnet to reveal battery compartment, fitted with headlamps, side and tail lights, speedometer and ignition key. The car is fitted with 4 x chrome plated spoked wheels with rubber tyres and includes a spare wheel to the rear with cover. The car is untested and is sold as a restoration project but is an unusual vehicle which even has opening doors at each side and chrome plated bumpers front and rear, 54.5"/138cm long - Good for display.
Estimate: £100 - £150 Sold For: £130
"Cicada - River Gunboat" - large scratchbuilt radio controlled wooden model boat. Made by a former employee of Swan Hunter Ship Builders on Tyneside, using the company's plans. The model is believed to be constructed from 1/16th marine plywood and finished in white with blue lower hull. Removable access compartments and superstructure on deck to access the workings, fitted with radio control gear, 2 x substantial electric motors driving twin rear propellers and triple rudders. The model is claimed by the vendor to be in working order and comes with a Futaba FP-T2NCR Control Unit, however the model is untested and unchecked for completeness - has been built to a Good well detailed standard, 37.5"/95cm long and comes with a potted history of the model.
Estimate: £100 - £150 Sold For: £80
Wells (UK) tinplate clockwork "Carter Paterson" Delivery Van, registration number CP 1860 - scarce example circa 1929 finished in dark green with black roof and trim, uniformed driver, clockwork motor in working order with integral key (would benefit from lubrication), fitted with plain disc balloon wheels, red door panel to rear, some wear particularly to front right hand wing but otherwise a Good Plus scarce example which has survived remarkably well, 5"/12cm long.
Estimate: £300 - £400 Sold For: £340
TN Toys (Nomura of Japan) very rare "Pug Robby" Robot circa 1957 - scarce example believed to have been unlicensed at the time, battery operated with remote control cable attached (some breaks in the wire due to age and needs re-attaching to clean battery compartment), unusual colour variation being light metallic grey, with maroon legs and arms, black rubber hands, untested. This robot was released around 1957 shortly after The Forbidden Planet film, some light age related wear but otherwise Good Plus example, includes clear plastic dome, antennae and pistons, 8.5"/22cm high.
Estimate: £500 - £700 Sold For: £750
Sundaw H134 Articulated Lorry - green cab, red trailer, black metal wheels with "Transport Services" decal to rear of cab - some very small chips to wheels but body and trailer is very clean and bright - overall Excellent - bright example of a hard to find model with a Good blue and white picture card box (hard to find in any condition).
Estimate: £150 - £200 Sold For: £260