Although now familiar to generations of children, the industrial
process of die-casting only came into being towards the end of the
First World War. Forcing a molten alloy into a mould under pressure
allowed for precise surface detail and strength. In terms of the
toy makers, among the first to exploit the new technology were the
Dowst brothers of Chicago with the 1920s Tootsietoys range.
Dinky toys began life in 1934 as a Meccano spin-off owned by
Hornby. The first range, designed to add trackside realism to train
sets comprised a tank, a tractor, a sports coupe, a motor truck, a
delivery van and an open sports car, and immediately captured the
by Roland Arkell
From the ATG Archive
17 October 2009
TO visit Vectis Auctions, the toy specialists based near Stockton-on-Tees with annual sales of £5m, is to catch a glimpse of the auction business as it might be in the future.
24 April 2010
THE world’s scarcest Matchbox car achieved a record-breaking price at an auction in Harrogate.
01 January 2011
A recent sale conducted by Astons of Dudley included a collection of merchandise belonging to a former Palitoy UK sales representative.
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09 March 2015
Christie’s South Kensington celebrated their 40th anniversary year with a 1970s themed party at their Old Brompton Road saleroom. Current staff, former employees and others connected with CSK turned out in droves on March 4 to raise a glass to the auction house.
23 May 2014
It all started when Phil Sylvester was a lad, as serious collecting often does.
13 February 2015
Nostalgia is an important part of toy collecting, one that encourages otherwise fiscally astute middle-aged men to part with large sums of money for unblemished versions of the toys they had – or wished they had – as children.
10 October 2012
This Dinky pre-War delivery van advertising Maison De Bonneterie’s flagship department store in Amsterdam will appear at Vectis in Thornaby, near Stockton-on-Tees on October 17.
10 December 2014
Pre-war delivery vans advertising commercial brand names have long acquired trophy status in the Dinky toy market.
29 December 2011
VECTIS have auctioned some exceptional Dinky collections over the past decade, but what made the David Ireland collection sale stand out was quality over quantity.