In spite of the mixed spring weather this year, Hartleys twice yearly Toys and Collectors Sale in Ilkley on Saturday 21 April was held as always in warm sunshine, which in the main was reflected inside the saleroom.
The dolls and teddies section which started the sale was greeted with enthusiasm right across the price spectrum and also produced the best result of the sale.
This was a Jumeau 15” bisque head example which doubled its lower estimate to sell in the room at £3,200.
Also included was a 32” Kestner bisque head at £400, a 31” Kestner at £750, a 19” S.F.B.J. bisque head at £400, a 17½” Simon and Halbig at £500 and a 26” Jumeau bisque head doll quadrupling its lower estimate at £800.
The two best teddy bears in the sale were both early 20th century Steiff examples which sold for £450 and £680.
A wide spectrum of commodities followed, starting with a somewhat tired looking Rowntrees Fruit Gums slot machine which sold for £560, a Royal Doulton Harry Potter Womping Willow porcelain group in mint condition £420, and a couple of Guinness ceramic table lamps (with some damage) £400.
The best lot in the construction toys section was a Meccano Aeroplane Constructor Set with a few other items, selling at £400, within the figures, a large lot of Britains metal garden items, many in their original retail packets, which found £560, and within the tinplate, two German pre-war Mickey Mouse band items, 5”- 6” high, realising £460.
The diecast section was a mixture of boxed single items, job lots of modern boxed vehicles or earlier unboxed playworn pieces.
For instance, a Spot-On Austin Articulated flat bed lorry with load, boxed and in good condition reached £400, 40 boxed Vanguard models found £380, and 28 Dinky unboxed pre and post war vehicles in poor to fair condition sold for £320.
A collective lot of “N” gauge comprising 10 locomotives, various coaches and accessories sold for £460, whilst amongst a large offering of mainly job lots of “OO” gauge was a group of 2% playworn locomotives from various factories, much of them damaged, still raising £300.
The “O” gauge offering lit up particularly where locomotives were involved but also included two collective lots of rolling stock at £210 each, and a Hornby electric E120 passenger train set at £230.
A large consignment of O gauge from Knaresborough included over 50 clockwork locomotives which were divided into lots, including a GWR group of seven featuring two compound locomotives which together achieved £540, a group of six including three compound locomotives £420, and another group of 6 Southern Railways locomotives at £340.