More Dinky toys from the collection of the Parodi family in Italy will be offered in a second auction at C&T Auctioneers on February 14 in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
This French trade box of six 512 Leskokart Midjet go-karts is estimated at £300-400. The plastic models feature blue karts and black wheels, each with a plastic driver wearing either a yellow, blue or red jersey.
The Parodi family were the sole importers of Meccano and Dinky toys into Italy from 1916-78. The collection consists of nearly 2500 pieces mostly dating from the mid-1950s to the late ‘70s.
In the 1920s, the British artist Alfred Thomson (1894-79) created a series of murals for the Duncannon Hotel in London based on Charles Dickens’ first novel The Pickwick Papers.
Depicting Mr Pickwick and other characters from the book, the murals were a popular addition to the hotel until it was demolished in 1931.
This small, 3½ x 2in (9 x 4.5cm), watercolour and bodycolour of Sam Weller, Mr Pickwick’s manservant, is one of Thomson’s designs for the murals. It is priced at £125 from Sarah Colegrave Fine Art, based in London and Oxfordshire.
To profit from the demand for dolls houses in 18th century Britain, skilled silversmiths created silver toys for the interiors of these miniature homes.
This George I set of three plain silver miniature or toy dinner plates were made by David Clayton, London c.1720.
The trio is estimated at £300-400 in Dee, Atkinson & Harrison’s sale in Driffield, East Yorkshire, on February 9.
A collection of vintage surveying equipment has been consigned to Ewbank’s of Surrey on February 15.
The group has been assembled by Nigel Atkinson, a chartered land surveyor, who is selling his collection to raise money for LionHeart, the charity for members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). The 42-lot collection is estimated at £3000-5000 overall.
A highlight includes this 19th century Harris & Co brass theodolite, an instrument used for measuring horizontal and vertical angles.