Steam Power!

Steam enthusiasts flocked to Tennants Auctioneers in Leyburn for their Toys, Models and Collectables Sale on 24th November, which included a Private Collection of over fifty lots of Locomotive Nameplates, Totems, Targets and models. A packed saleroom and busy phone lines ensured a competitive atmosphere and strong prices.

At the very top of the collector’s dream wish list of Railwayana are steam locomotive nameplates – the brass or steel plaques bolted to the front or flanks of the locomotive engines. Highly collectable, good locomotive name plates only rarely come up for auction, but when they do they are sure to cause a stir in the world of Railwayana. Commanding the highest prices are plates that come with a good name, or from a class of locomotive with fewer engines built. Amongst the highlights of the collection sold on Saturday was a Nameplate from LNER P2 Class 2-8-2 No 2003 Lord President, which was built as a heavy express train for London & North East Railways running between 1936 and 1944 (sold for £18,000 plus buyer’s premium). A Nameplate from Holland Afrika Line, a Merchant Navy Class steam locomotive built for Southern Railways that ran between 1948-1946 also sold for £18,000.

However, the smaller enamelled metal station totem and target signs largely relating to Southern Railways sold strongly too, with a BR (S) Totem for Waterloo selling for £2,900 and a BR (S) Target for Swanage selling for £2,100.

The collection also included a good selection of modern model locomotives; the highlight of which was an O Gauge finescale model of 4-6-0 King Class Locomotive King George V BR600 built by Vic Green, which sold for £8,800. An exceptional exhibition standard 5” Gauge model of a Collett Class 5700 0-6-0PT finished as Great Western 8706 sold well too, achieving a hammer price of £4,100.

Elsewhere in the sale, a Silver Presentation Goblet presented to Burnley Football Club in 1883 to mark their victory over The Ramblers (of Burnley) drew bidders from over the county border. The cup is engraved with an inscription “This Cup was presented by Dr Dean to the players of Burnley for competition, The Match realised £70 which was devoted to the funds in aid of the New Hospital, The Final Tie Burnley v Ramblers played June 11th 1883…’. It sold for £3,200 against an estimate of £500-700.

The strength of the sale was again proved in good prices realised for traditional vintage toys, with a Lines Bros (Triangtoys) Pull Along Wooden Covered Wagon selling for £500 against an estimate of £200-300. A collection of Palitoy Action Men proved popular amongst bidders too, selling strongly; the highlight was a lot of Action Man Uniforms including two for the Grenadier Guards, 17th/21st Lancers, The Life Guards and Royal Air Force all in their original packaging which sold for £1,000 against an estimate of £80-120.

The sale resulted in a total Hammer Price of £187,180, with 93% of the 459 lots sold.

We are currently accepting lots for the next sale of Toys, Models, Collectables & Sporting on 11th April 2018, please contact us on 01969 623780 or for details.

Silver Presentation Goblet – Burnley Football Club, 1883 – Sold for £3,200
(top left) Nameplate ‘Holland Afrika Line’ – Sold for £18,000