A rare Gauge II live steam locomotive sold for £3,500 (plus buyer’s premium) in Tennants Auctioneers’ Toys, Models & Collectables Sale on 5th August. The ‘Black Prince’ locomotive was made by Schoenner, a German company that made high quality models in early years of the 20th century; only in operation for a few years, their locomotives are hard to come by and thus in demand at auction.
A small private collection of TippCo toys sold strongly. TippCo was founded in Nuremberg in 1912 and are known for making the finest military tin toys and many years later the owners formed the more familiar Corgi Toy brand in the UK. Amongst the lots on offer were toys from a golden age of aviation which saw good prices; a Hindenburg Airship sold for £550 and a Graf Zeppelin Airship sold for £400. Also in the collection was a TippCo Hitler Mercedes, which came with four seated figures and two standing figures of Hitler and Rommel, which sold for £450.
A bequeathed collection of scale model diecast aircraft, which was sold on behalf of Yorkshire Air Ambulance, realised a total hammer price of £9,830. The collection included models from the Corgi Aviation Archive, a series of aircraft spanning 100 years of military sky warfare. Also exceeding expectations was an original watercolour and ink picture by Nick Park, creator of Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep and Chicken Run. Depicting cartoon farmyard animals, it sold for £750.
Strong prices were also seen for vintage fishing equipment, on offer in the Sporting section of the sale. Highlights included a collection of salmon flies in a black Japanned case, which sold for £400, and a brass crankwind reel by A & G Wilson of Edinburgh, which sold for £380.
The sale resulted in a total Hammer Price of £41,550 for the 326 lots and a 92% sold rate. Entries are now being accepted for the next Toys, Models, Collectables and Sporting Sale on 9th December.