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
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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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.
15 June 2009
THIS mysterious liveried Austin A40 Dinky van made for the Spanish company Omnisport sold for £6400 on the phone to a British collector at Wallis & Wallis in Lewes, East Sussex on June 8.
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.
25 March 2008
Pre-war delivery vans advertising commercial brand names have long been the kings of the Dinky collectors’ market. This was reinforced on March 10 when Vectis of Stockton-on-Tees sold the so-called 5th Avenue Collection, which included examples bearing well known and long-forgotten brands.
12 March 2011
SOUTH Africa’s withdrawal from the Commonwealth in 1961 brought with it hefty import taxes on finished luxury goods: a difficult moment for Meccano, for whom the colonies were key markets.
15 March 2005
THE new-style collectors’ sales held by Greenslade Taylor Hunt (15% buyer’s premium) at Taunton are proving a winning format, with wide-ranging, briefly catalogued but illustrated lots with low reserves.