A TREASURE CHEST OF TOYS, TRAINS AND MODELS
Our newest catalogue might be a surprise for some of you. A pleasant one, we hope because although it’s very different from our usual catalogues, we think you’ll have a lot of fun leafing through the pages of one of the best collections of toys, model trains and other childhood delights ever offered in Australia.
The catalogue is constructed in three sections: The first 55 lots provide an opportunity for you to acquire an example of the remarkable work of one of the master railway modellers, the late Frank Kelly. Every lot is unique and Frank’s scratch-built models of Victorian and South Australian locomotives and rolling-stock are truly astonishing. Even if you are not an enthusiast, you can’t help but be in awe of these miniature miracles, fashioned completely by hand in Frank’s tiny home workshop. For example, (Lot 1) his 1872 No 100 Steam Locomotive model, based on the loco built at the temporary Williamstown Workshops and destined to haul the Commissioner’s Train, hand-painted in its’ dark green livery with gold trim. Or (Lot 10) Frank’s 1880 W Class (W153) Steam Locomotive model in black, dark green & brown livery with gold trim, based on the loco built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works (Philadelphia). Many of Frank’s creations can be found in the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney and even in the Smithsonian Museum in the U.S.A.
N.B: Lots 1 – 52: Frank Kelly adopted 4mm scale with 20mm gauge track because the motors that were available at the time were a little large to fit into HO scale models of Australian prototype locomotives. He continued to model in this scale until he finished his last locomotive. All his scratch-built models offered in this auction are in 4mm scale.
The second section of the catalogue (Lots 56 – 129) contains the property of several vendors but features the collection of Stationary Steam Engines formed by the late Brian Telfer of Tambourine Mountain, Queensland. You’ve seen examples of these, of course, but never so many and such variety in one place. Check out (Lot 57) an early 1900s Falk Overtype stationary Steam Engine Type JF521 or (Lot 69) a mid-1920s Bing Steam Traction Engine, with fixed cylinder, burnished brass boiler, 8cm flywheel, complete with burner, to see what we mean.
The third section (Lots 130 – 363) is all consigned by one collector, a passionate and enthusiastic student of early toy manufacture, tinplate racers, and fantastical models. We loved researching the early Japanese race cars (see Lot 137), the early robots (see Lot 148), the spectacular Batman in his early Batmobile (Lot 162), and the 1950s “Atom Star” Space Car with following Cop on Motorcycle, by Yonezawa of Japan (Lot 179). Other special items include the all silver “SPEED” racer with driver; friction powered in original box by Kohno Kakuzo, Japan; circa 1930s (Lot 191), the Astroboy Robot Speed Racer (Lot 202), the tin lithographed ”MERRYMAKERS” mouse band by Marx (Lot 208) and a tinplate Überlacker river boat, from Germany (Lot 218).
We had many more favourites and had way too much fun producing this catalogue. We hope you’ll enjoying learning about these fascinating collectables and we look forward to hearing from many of you with your bids and enquiries.
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1872 No 100 Steam Locomotive (190x35x50mm) built at the temporary Williamstown Workshops and destined to haul the Commissioner's Train, dark green livery with gold trim, 2-4-0 wheel configuration, with rolling stock comprising four wagons, one open wagon containing a Bendigo baker's delivery cart, total size 480x35x50mm. (6 items)
Est: $1,800 - $2,200
1880 W Class (W153) Steam Locomotive (195x36x50mm), black, dark green & brown livery with gold trim, 4-6-0 wheel configuration, built by Baldwin Locomotive Works (Philadelphia).
Est: $1,500 - $2,000
Early 1900s Falk Overtype stationary Steam Engine Type JF521 (stamped on base), 10cm diameter brass boiler, 10½cm flywheel, catwalks on three sides of the boiler, mounted on cast iron base; 26x14½cm base, height 39cm, weight 3.6kg. Rare.
Est: $800 - $1,200
c.1925 Bing Steam Traction Engine, fixed cylinder, burnished brass boiler, 8cm flywheel, complete with burner, 24x12cm, height 29½cm, weight 1.15kg.
Est: $800 - $1,200
Tin Litho Windup Race Car No.1; made in Japan by CY; with celluloid driver & nickel grill. Length: 14cm (5.5").
Provenance: The Ted Mantell Lifetime Toy Collection - 12 May, 2018 - Lot 392A.
Est: $1,000 - $1,250
RADAR ROBOT by Nomura, Japan; with blinking light and eyes,spanner tool in right hand, battery operated remote control unit and all in original condition; circa 1950s. Height: 21.5cm (8.5").
Est: $500 - $750
MASUDAYA / MODERN TOYS BATMOBILE.
This circa 1960s Batmobile is tinplate litho, with rubber, friction driven wheels and a vinyl Batman driving with his vinyl cape flapping in the wind behind him. Length: 32cm (12.5").
Est: $4,000 - $6,000
1950's "Atom Star" Space Car with following Cop on Motorcycle, by Yonezawa of Japan. With a friction-like motor in the car which is activated by pulling the motorcycle back by the connecting string.
Est: $800 - $1,000
All silver "SPEED" racer with driver; friction powered in original box by Kohno Kakuzo, Japan; circa 1930s. With KK propellor logo on the chassis (behind the driver) and on the box label. Extremely scarce; the only other example known to the vendor is in the MINT Toy Museum, Singapore. Length: 13.5cm (5.25").
Est: $3,000 - $4,000
ASTROBOY ROBOT SPEED RACER LITHOGRAPHED TIN FRICTION TOY, TAIKO SOUND, 1960s. Made by Masudaya. Length: 31.5cm (12.5").
Est: $1,000 - $1,500
LOUIS MARX MERRY MAKERS BAND
Tin lithograph"MERRYMAKERS" mouse band wind-up toy with multiple parts which slot together. The band is complete but the marquee sign that sits on top of the piano is missing. With rare original box. Height (as pictured): 23cm (9").
Est: $1,000 - $1,500
A tinplate Überlacker river boat, Germany, early 20th century. With flags fore and aft, passengers at table under canopy, original key for wind-up power to drive the propellor; "CITY OF NEW YORK" painted to both sides and with mermaid figurehead. Lovely original condition in original (restored) box.
Est: $1,000 - $1,500