A globe with in­ter­na­tional ap­peal

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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.

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