Dinky Toys & Hardy Tackle come out top in the Saleroom

Tennants’ sale of Toys, Models, Collectables & Sporting Items on 5th April resulted in a good range of high prices across the diverse sections of the sale. In particular, fishing paraphernalia performed consistently well throughout, and Matchbox and Dinky toys achieved good, strong prices.

Rare diecast models proved once more in demand, and two lots in particular attracted interest in the saleroom. A Dinky (Pre-War) 28M 1st Type Wakefield Castrol Motor Oil Van reached £1,300 (estimate £800-1,200), and a Shackleton David Brown Trackmaster 30 Caterpillar Tractor, one of only 50 ever made, sold above its £400-600 estimate for £1,000.

The sale attracted fishing enthusiasts with a good selection of fishing paraphernalia, but it was the items by legendary tackle maker Hardy that sparked the most competitive bidding. Since the founding of Hardy Bros. in 1872, the Alnwick based company has had a reputation for quality and excellence – and their beautifully engineered reels in particular proving much in demand in the saleroom. Amongst the top lots sold were a Hardy 2 7/8inch Allow ‘Featherweight’ Fly Reel which sold for £250 (estimate £70-100), and a Hardy Brothers Japanned Tin Lure Box which sold for £380 (estimate £100-200).

However, the top lot of the sale was a Scratch Build 1 1/2inch scale Royal Chester Tractor Engine; this highly detailed model, finished in red with black and yellow lining made £1,900 against an estimate of £1,000-1,500.

The sale resulted in a total Hammer Price of £62,330, with 85.9% of the 490 lots sold.

We are currently accepting lots for the next sale of Toys, Models, Collectables & Sporting on 21st July, please contact us on 01969 623780 or enquiry@tennants-ltd.co.uk for details.