Dee Atkinson and Harrison’s bi-annual auction sale of Classic Toys, Militaria and Memorabilia takes place on Saturday 19 October and will contain more than 600 lots.
The sale starts with the miscellaneous collector’s items including an American Bally Screwy pin ball machine estimated at £120-£150, Scandinavian spinning wheels, Australian boomerangs, dentist’s and optician’s items, etc.
Musical instruments include various violins and a cello, two concertinas by Lachenal and George Case, both expected to realise £200-£300, a collection of guitars by local maker L Glanvill Bates, harmonicas, etc. Amongst the photographic items and cameras is an interesting collection of over 900 glass slides of continental views taken from 1920-1950, fully annotated and detailed they are to be sold as one lot estimated at £100-£200.
The automobilia section contains various lamps and a Royal Enfield tradesman’s bicycle and amongst fifteen lots of railwayana is an early 20th Century railway track layers gauge and camber level at £70-£100. Nautical and maritime items include a ship’s bell from the coastal steamer “Bordeaux” which sank off Flamborough in 1897, a ship’s wheel, a “Not Under Command” lamp and a large quantity of photographs of ships. A new section created for this auction is smoking accessories and contains various table and pocket lighters including an Art Deco spelter figure wand lighter after Josef Lorenzl estimated at £200 - £300 and a Karl Hart wood block cigar press/mould containing twenty cigars.
Thirty nine lots of sporting memorabilia covers fishing, football, golf, cricket, etc and includes a rare photographic postcard signed by cricketers Herbert Sutcliffe and Percy Holmes after their record opening stand in 1932, a large quantity of football programmes including Hull City, various fishing rods, reels and tackle, etc
Over one hundred lots of miscellaneous toys contains metal pedal cars, Meccano and other construction kits, Scalextric, excellent Ayres compendium of games, Pelham puppets, model ships and radio controlled model aircraft, 1960’s commercial casino roulette table and accessories, Subbuteo, tinplate, etc. There are also over forty lots of diecast with models by Britains, Corgi, Dinky, Lesney, etc and over seventy lots of dolls and teddy bears including dolls houses, dolls chairs, clothing, prams, etc, by Pedigree, Sasha, Armand Marseille, Simon and Halbig, etc. In addition there is a collection of seven automaton dolls formerly on display in a Bridlington museum. Toys conclude with more than fifty lots of model railway for both “O” gauge and “OO” gauge by Hornby, Tri-ang, Marx, Mettoy, Brimtoy, Lima, etc.
Militaria is always one of the strongest sections and this sale is no exception. Almost one hundred lots of general Militaria includes York and Lancaster Regiment memorabilia, a rare naval telegram sent to herald the start of World War II, Third Reich paper ephemera and photographs, helmets and clothing, powder and shot flasks, badges, etc. Amongst the weapons is a 19th Century Irish percussion blunderbuss, a pair of 19th Century percussion pistols, a deactivated BSA Lee Enfield SMLE bolt action rifle, etc and a good selection of edged weapons including swords, bayonets, daggers and sword sticks.
A twenty six lot medal section is dominated by a World War II DFM group awarded to Sgt. R. Sidwell, a Hull man and comes with associated paperwork and photographs including his Flight Log Book, navigational maps and plans and even one of his navigational instruments. This is an important group of medals as Sgt Sidwell flew with the famous ABC (Air borne cigar) 101 Squadron out of Ludford Magna on many important operations including France on the eve of the D-Day landings in June 1944. The pre-sale estimate is £2,000-£3,000. This section also includes a 1914 Mons Star awarded to the Sledmere wagoner W W Brown expected to sell for £300-£400.
The auction will be on view Thursday 17th October 10:00am to 7:00pm, Friday 18th October 10:00 to 4:30pm with limited viewing on the morning of the sale from 8:30am until the auction starts at 9:30am.