Time Capsule

Coming up for Auction on the 21st of March is something a little bit different for Vectis Auctions.

Although the Auction House has handled many Specialist and Tinplate sales, this collection is not your standard Tinplate toy sale.

The sale comprises a private, single owner collection from Harrogate, North Yorkshire, the seller, who is in his 80s inherited his collecting bug, and some of his collection from his father, and the results are something spectacular.

What sets these apart from the usual Tinplate toys, novelty items and games, is the condition. Many are pristine, with seldom-seen boxes, their bright colours still vibrant and complete sets are abundant, with some pre-war items, and manufacturers such as Lehmann, Marx, Triang and Chad Valley.

There are some rather lovely biscuit tins, tea caddy’s, confectionery tins and shop displays. Being from North Yorkshire it fits that one of the shop displays is a very lovely, realistically-painted tinplate chocolate counter display from “Rowntree’s of York”, with a prominent 2D price tag, it goes perfectly alongside a Fry’s Milk Chocolate Hazel Bars Whole Nuts display, the condition of the contents of these two boxes look good enough to eat!

There are some larger scale toys, a Triang vintage pedal car, although in need of some restoration, an interesting spinning see-saw made by Leeway, and a Unicycle! Two interesting lots are a pair of boxed dressing up outfits; a Merit Roy Rogers Cowboy outfit, complete with belt and gun, and a Chiltern Chief Rising Sun Red Indian, perfect for a cowboys and Indians game.

Some of the most interesting pieces are several of the musical lots, a collection of Thomas A. Edison Phonographs and wax cylinder records, which still play. Having listened to an “Edison Gold Moulded Record” – “Up came John”, it is truly a phenomenal sound, when you consider the age of the players and records. {Please see recording on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/vectisauctions}

The carton for “Up came John” holds the patented date of November 11 1902 plus a disclaimer stating the record must not be sold for less than 1/6 each. There are many of these cylinders, some early ones which did not bare names, and have been hand written on by the owner for reference, plus some of the later Blue Amberol records.

The collection also includes a stunning Radiogram, a radio gramophone, complete with enclosed instructions and a postcard receipt/delivery note from 1st October 1938, it is in pristine condition, as with many of the other, obviously, well loved and cared for pieces.

This collection will be up for auction on March 21st at our Thornaby Auction room, as part of the Tinplate and Specialist sale. For more information please contact Ian Main on +44 (0) 1642 750616 or ian.main@vectis.co.uk