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The toy section of Moore Allen & Innocent’s December 15 sale in Cirencester will feature vintage teddy bears, dolls, model railway locomotives and carriages, alongside a selection of Dinky toys.

This Dinky 511 Guy 4-ton lorry, shown above (left) on its original box, is guided at £80-120. While often seen in blue, this earlier grey cab and chassis example with red wings and wheels dates from c.1947.

The boxed Dinky 562 Muir-Hill dumper truck on the right comes complete with the driver (often missing from this 1940s-’50s toy), and carries an estimate of £40-60, while the Dinky 571 Coles mobile crane, centre, is guided at £30-50.

The stationary engines by German toy maker Doll & Co were doubtless on the wish-lists of many boys during the early 20th century. Although marketed as a children’s toy, they were expensive, ornate and complex to operate, with a specific role to educate about the current operating mechanisms of full-size steam machinery.

Going under the hammer at Bigwoods Auctioneers in Stratford-upon-Avon on December 15 will be this Doll & Co German live steam stationary plant engine dating from c.1925.

Measuring 11in (28cm) high, it is fitted with a spirit-fired horizontal boiler and pressure gauge, which has been linked to an engine with a single cylinder flywheel (although missing a chimney). It carries an estimate of £100-150.

On the hunt for something a little different to decorate the table on Christmas Day?

William George & Co is selling this set of 19th century Chinese silver mounted menu or place card holders. Moulded as seated Immortals, each of the nine figures is mounted on a wooden block with a card slot cut to the back.

The group has an opening bid of £120 and the sale will end on December 17. or see this item on

David Duggleby’s sale on December 16 in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, includes one of Globe Wernicke’s so-called ‘elastic’ bookcases.

Made by the American furniture company from oak, walnut and mahogany in the 20th century, these stacking bookshelves were designed so they could fit together to form a bookcase, which could either be all of the same measurements or re-arranged by the insertion of units of different depths and heights.

This 3ft x 5ft (91cm x 1.52m) oak example has five sectional stacking shelves, and comes with panelled sides.

Estimate £200-300.