Classic vintage toy brands, including Dinky, Corgi and Meccano, look set to be snapped up in time for Christmas at Surrey auctioneers Ewbank’s on December 14.
Highlights of the sale include a scratch-built model of an 1850’s steamer engine, mounted on board with an electric engine. The team at Ewbank’s has put a pre-sale guide price of between £400 and £600 for this one-off piece.
Elsewhere, a vintage Japanese tinplate NASA Spacestation toy made by SH Horikawa and still in its original box, complete with a battery-driven motor has an estimate of £200 and £300.
There is also a range of vintage Dinky cars going under the hammer, including a Dinky die-cast car carrier with trailer, in its original box (super toys no 983), which has been valued at between £100 and £200.
Fans of James Bond will be interested in a boxed Corgi Toys’ 261 ‘James Bond ‘Aston Martin DB5’ from the film Goldfinger, with gold paint-work and original envelope containing ‘Secret Instructions’. The car has an estimate of between £60 and £100.
Meccano, always a popular toy brand, is represented in the sale by a tri-plane with box and a leaflet, going under the hammer with an estimate of between £60 and £100.
For high-fliers, two radio-controlled petrol aeroplanes with a Sanwa Conquest Mk.II remote control, and a box of sundry accessories, have been valued at between £60 and £100.
Well-known toy manufacturer Marklin is set to be another brand that generates interest, including a Marklin 16121 carousel, on sale with an estimate of between £150 and £250. It is a limited edition reproduction of the 1908 Marklin 8847 carousel. The intricate model has manual crank mechanism to activate a music box and turn the superstructure. It has one horse, four gondolas and four figures onboard.
Alongside model cars, dolls are one of the biggest groups of toys in the auction. highlights include a late 19th/early 20th-century wooden doll, with painted face, hands and feet, and wearing a dress. It measures 38cm and has a value of between £50 and £80.