Elephant went like clockwork
Vectis fielded plenty of sales recently and amongst them was the eagerly-awaited Matchbox collection of Wolfie Ginsburg. Amongst the gems was a Moko Lesney Toys tinplate clockwork Jumbo The Walking Elephant, with original card tail and key: with box and working, he made £2,400.
An early casting of the Cadillac Sixty Special (27c) in metallic silver green with an off-white roof and contained within a B5 box raised £1,020 whilst it took £840 to win the Superfast 75a Ferrari Berlinetta in metallic green but without silver trim albeit with headlamp cowls, an ivory interior, a bare metal base and solid five-spoke narrow wheels without a tread pattern.
A Models of Yesteryear Y6 1916 AEC "Y" type Lorry Osram Lamps, with a duck egg blue body and chassis and gold trim, blew away the estimate of £2,000, realising £5,040.
And don’t forget those Speed Kings: a factory model maker’s preproduction prototype of a Customised Ford Model T Van Hot Rod sported a metallic lilac chassis with a K50-53 base taken from the Street Rod/Hot Fire Engine. This model was modified, with customised wings and running boards. Probably unique, it sold for £1,800.
On the toy soldier front, aside from the Britains lead (notable here was a Made for Gamages set, Types of the Indian Army Display Set, comprising an unidentified Indian infantry regiment in khaki jackets and red trousers and wearing green and red turbans – it made £4,080) was a Timpo Modern Army Series Battlefield Set, comprising a playmat, tents, field guns, sandbag wall sections, ruined building sections, trees, two assault craft and figures. It was near mint overall - and surprised some when it sold for £456. ■