A globe with international appeal
REVIEW: GW railwayana auction, Pershore High school, Worcestershire, 1 april
The main business of the sale at Pershore on Saturday 1 April was obviously railway-related, but there were some automobilia gems among the lots too. One real highlight was a perspex Lobitos petrol globe, a brand that some may not have heard of. Originating from the Peruvian town of the same name, the company developed its own refinery at Ellesmere, Cheshire, and served around 200 petrol stations in the UK. This lot was bound to create interest among collectors and the hammer price of £350 was not surprising. Two good enamel signs – AA and RAC ‘Get you home service’ – with hanging brackets. They sold for £440 and £360 respectively. Of the cast aluminium old-style road signs in this sale, it was perhaps not surprising that – due to the nature of this sale – the three Crossing No Gates examples should sell well for £280, £220 and £200 respectively. An excellent 1950s ER Post Box, complete with all of its fixtures and fittings plus its original heavy cast iron stand, was a lovely piece of street furniture that sold for an extremely tempting £600.