Moko sells well in Lewes
Just shy of 400 lots went under the hammer in the last Wallis and Wallis sale and, as usual, there was plenty to interest the railway modeller as well as those who collect railwayana. Quite where all these latter items come from remains a mystery (no doubt the railways suffer from a paucity of signage these days), but perhaps it’s better not to enquire too closely...
Cast iron shed plates were numerous, most selling for £6070 and there was an interesting lot comprising 13 brass pay checks and tokens, all from the pre-grouping era, which sold for £40. A further lot, numbering 45 items, made £110. In terms of miniatures, there were many groupings of models: one stand-out lot comprised seven Honby Dublo three rail locomotives, which raised £320 (this lot included a BR Class 81 Bo-Bo electric loco, E3002 in blue and a BR Castle Class 4-6-0, Bristol Castle 7013, in lined green). A neat pairing was the Hornby Dublo BR Coronation Class 4-62 locomotives “City of Liverpool” 46245 in both two and three rail guise: they made £180, while a Hornby Dublo BR (ex.
LMS) Coronation Class 4-6-2 locomotive, again “City of Liverpool” 46247, in unlined maroon livery, steamed off to make £300.
On the vehicle side, a delightful Wells Brimtoy Pocketoy diecast and tinplate clockwork Bedford short wheelbase lorry and trailer in mint condition with box was knocked down for just £45; a scarce original issue German Schuco 'Sonny Peter 2006' clockwork tinplate car in working order realised £140; and an example of the rare Moko 'POPPOP' series Model Motor Scooter, with female rider, finished in maroon and boxed, was contested to £420. ■