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Preview: Toys, Models, Collectables & Sporting Sale 5th April

9th March 2023.

Tennants Auctioneer’s Toys, Models, Collectables and Sporting Sale on 5th April is led by a fine Hornby O Gauge 4-6-2 Princess Elizabeth LMS 6201 (estimate: £1,200-1,800 plus buyer’s premium). The locomotive was a special model issued in 1939 just before the war, and was the only Hornby locomotive to be a faithful replica of the real train, down to the smallest details. The full-sized Princess Elizabeth was the most famous of London Midlands Scottish (LMS) railway’s giant locomotives, which made history in 1936 for setting a world record for a long distance non-stop steam journey, which it set on a trip from Glasgow to London travelling at an average speed of 70 mph.

Unfortunately, the close modelling on the original train had a drawback. The distinctive three couple wheel design meant that it could not get round the corners on an ordinary curved Hornby track; many of the extant examples of the model, such as the present lot, are to be found in good condition in their original display boxes, as they were not able to be used on the majority of home model railways.

A further interesting locomotive in the sale is a rare Trix Twin Railway (Bassett-Lowke) Coronation Scot Set, consisting of the 4-6-2 streamlined Coronation locomotive LMS 6220 and one 1st and two brake/3rd class coaches (estimate: £300-500). Coronation was the first of its class of streamlined locomotives, which had distinctive Art Deco lines, and an example of which is in the National Railway Museum in York.

Further interesting lots in the sale include a very rare Corgi 462 Commer Van Promotional Issue (estimate: £300-400). An unusual model, it is finished in plain grey rather than the usual metallic blue of the Commer van and is thought to have been made for a company’s promotional campaign although no logos are present on the model. The van is housed in original plain brown box rather than a shop display box and does not have a catalogue number.

Amongst the sporting lots in the sale is a FA Cup Final Presentation Pennant from the Newcastle vs Manchester United match at Wembley on 22nd May 1999. The pennant is being sold in its original box together with two Players’ Guest Tickets to the Mezzanine Bar, a full ticket, a Programme of Arrangements, and a Match Programme. Two pennants were made for Newcastle, one was presented to Roy Keane by Alan Shearer and this spare pennant. It is being sold by a former Newcastle United employee with an estimate of £300-500.


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