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Sporting Memorabilia and Vintage Toys To Go Under Hammer

30th November 2020.

Victorian Rugby Union memorabilia is coming up for auction in Tennants Auctioneers’ Sporting & Fishing, Toys & Models Sale on 9th December, in the form of a group of items which once belonged to Charlie Beasley, who played for both England and Lancashire County. Included in the lot, which is sold with an estimate of £1,200-1,800, is a 1897-8 England Cap, a Lancashire Shirt, a Bedford Grammar School Cap, and a selection of team photographs that include Beasley from Littleborough Football Club and Bedford Grammar School.

A rare Apollo Moonwalkers Framed Autograph Montage consisting of autographs of the twelve astronauts who walked on the moon is also on offer. Included are the signatures of Neil Armstrong, written on an Apollo 11 envelope franked ‘Patrick Air Force Base Jul 24 1969’, and Buzz Aldrin. The lot is being sold with a Certificate of Authenticity and an estimate of £1,500-2,000.

Of Shipping Interest is a Fine 1:100 Scale Model with plaque ‘SS Rowanbank’, which is sold with an estimate of £1,500-2,000. The SS Rowanbank was built in California in 1943 as a Liberty Ship initially named ‘John Reed’. The ship was leased to Britain and sailed for Bank Line from 1947-1959, when it was renamed ‘Rowanbank’. The ship was scrapped in 1967, following a collision in fog in the preceding year.

The Toys section of the sale incorporates a large quantity of model railway lots from a number of private collections, including good selection of collectable Wrenn locomotives and sets. Also of interest to collectors are a CIJ P2 Alfa Romeo tin toy in cream (estimate: £2,000-3,000), and a rare Hornby Speedboat No.1 Duck (estimate: £700-1,000). Built from a Hornby model speedboat hull topped with a moulded model of a mallard duck, this rare toy is sold with its original box. A collection of twenty Britains’ Swoppet Knights are also on offer in two lots (each estimated at £100-150). Made from 1960-72 the Knights are made from a myriad of interchangeable parts, and it is rare to see such a quantity of them in such complete condition come into the auction market.

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