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Lesney Matchbox With ORIGINAL BOXES Lesney Matchbox With ORIGINAL BOXES Lesney Matchbox With ORIGINAL BOXES

Lesney Matchbox With ORIGINAL BOXES


Lesney Matchbox With ORIGINAL BOXES


Lesney Matchbox With ORIGINAL BOXES

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Lesney Matchbox With ORIGINAL BOXES

May 28, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

Lesney Matchbox With ORIGINAL BOXES
HUGE Collection~ Near Mint Boxes And Toys Auctions Ending June 2, 2014 18:00 PDT)

Hi Folks! We came across something real special for you during a recent acquisition. It is a HUGE collection of Lesney Matchbox cars, and these are

#50 "Tractor", and #51"Trailer"  Lesney Matchbox

#50 “Tractor”, and #51″Trailer” Lesney Matchbox

NOT the ones off the shelf today. These even come with their original boxes. The boxes as well as the vehicles are in near mint condition. If there are any major issues we will try our level best to point them out, but we are hard pressed to find them as they sit. We are offering this collection up in individual auctions so you can have a better chance of scoring the one you want (or perhaps NEED). If you like what you see please check out the rest we have. Good Luck and Happy Bidding!

Here is the interesting history of Lesney Products from Wikipedia:

Lesney was founded in 1947 as an industrial die-casting company by Leslie Smith (March 6, 1918 – May 26, 2005) and Rodney Smith (August 26, 1917 – July 20, 2013). The two men were not related by blood; they had been school friends and served together in the Royal Navy during World War II. Shortly after they founded the company, Rodney Smith introduced to his partner a man named John “Jack” Odell, an engineer he had met in a previous job at D.C.M.T. (another die-casting company). Mr. Odell initially rented a space in the Lesney building to make his own die-casting products, but he joined the company as a partner in that same year.

Lesney originally started operations in a derelict pub in north London (The Rifleman), but later, as finances allowed, changed location several times before finally moving to a factory in Hackney which became synonymous with the company. In late 1947 they received a request for parts for a toy gun. As that proved to be a viable alternative to reducing their factory’s output during periods in which they received fewer or smaller industrial orders, they started to make die cast model toys in the next year. However, seeing no future for the company, Rodney Smith left the company in 1951.

1960s Lesney Matchbox ORIGINAL BOX England #66 Harley Davidson Motorcycle

1960s Lesney Matchbox ORIGINAL BOX England #66 Harley Davidson Motorcycle

Yet, seen in hindsight, the first model toy they produced in 1948 — a die-cast road roller based clearly on a Dinky model (the industry leader in die-cast toy cars at that time) — proved also to be the first of perhaps three major milestones on the path to their eventual destiny. It established transportation as a viable and interesting theme; other similar models followed, including a cowboy-influenced covered wagon and a soap-box racer. Of course, the company continued to produce non-toy items; of those marketed directly by Lesney, one of the more popular ones was a bread-bait press, well liked by British anglers at the time.

The next crucial milestone was the production of a replica of the Royal State Coach in 1953, the year of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Two versions were created, the first in a larger scale, followed by a smaller-scale model. It was this second model that sold over a million units, a massive success at the time. The profits from the sales provided valuable capital for further investments.

 #42 "Studebaker Station Wagon" Lesney Matchbox

#42 “Studebaker Station Wagon” Lesney Matchbox

The final and decisive stepping stone in the pre-Matchbox era was a toy which Mr. Odell designed for his daughter: Her school only allowed children to bring toys that could fit inside a matchbox, so Mr. Odell crafted a scaled-down version of the Lesney green and red road roller. Based on the aforementioned size restriction, the idea was born to sell the model in a replica matchbox — thus also yielding the name of the series which would propel Lesney to worldwide, mass-market success. The road roller ultimately became the first of the Matchbox 1-75 miniature range; a dump truck and a cement mixer completed the original three-model release.

In the early years of the series, Lesney used a partner company, “Moko” (itself also named after its founder, Moses Kohnstam), to market/distribute its toys. This distribution was documented on the boxes themselves, on which the text “A Moko Lesney product” appeared. However, by the end of the decade, Lesney was able to buy Moko, marketing its products under its own name from that point on. A period of great expansion, tremendous profit, and recognition followed: In 1966, Lesney received their first (of several) Queen’s Awards for Industry. By the mid-’60s, Matchbox was the largest brand of die-cast model vehicles in the world, and had diversified the line into multiple series. For further details on the history of the Matchbox series, see the article Matchbox (brand).

On July 11, 1982, after years of difficulties due to the economic climate in Britain at the time, Lesney went bankrupt and into receivership. Competing companies Mettoy (Corgi) and Meccano (Dinky) also suffered the same fate. The Matchbox brand as well as Lesney’s tooling were bought by and became a division of Universal Holdings/Universal Toys, where the company re-formed as “Matchbox International Ltd.” Tooling and production were moved to Macau. Jack Odell went on to form a new company, Lledo, where he produced models similar to early Matchbox Models of Yesteryear. Today, the Matchbox brand is owned by Mattel, creators of Hot Wheels.

Some of the tools and dies created in the Lesney era are still used in the Matchbox line as of 2007. To view all of the collection click on link


May 15, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

Antique WEST POINT CADETS SUMMER DRESS Pre-War Britain Soldiers #299 Org Box yqz
1905 English Registry Number 459993 GREAT SET!!!!!
Auction Ending (May 25, 2014 19:12:01 PDT)

What a find! In this auction we have a very nice original box of eight old metal Britains toy, U.S.A. Forces, WEST POINT CADETS SUMMER DRESS figures. The end of the box reads “U.S.A. CADETS No. 299. It has on the cover the English Registry Number 459993, which dates these to 1905 for design. Each figure measures approximately 2 3/8″ tall (to the tip of the hat, excluding the moveable arm with

rifle) and are marked on the underside of the bases: BRITAINS LTD / COPYRIGHT / MADE IN ENGLAND / PROPRIETORS. We find them in good condition with no cracks, breaks, or touch-ups or repairs. Due note that one soldier’s arm is loose on the socket and can come off, not damaged, the hole was cast slightly large. There is some age wear to the thick, shiny original factory paint on most of the rifles, some on the white trousers and some to three of the green bases. The box measures approximately 14 3/4″ x 3 3/8″ x 1 1/4″. They are fresh from the attic of a home on the Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Good luck.

Britains toy brand from wiki:

Britains is a toy company known for its diecast lead soldiers, but the company also diversified into other associated toys such as diecast zamac military trucks and agriculture vehicles.


The W. Britain brand name of toy and collectible soldiers is derived from a company founded by William Britain Jr., a British toy manufacturer, who in 1893 invented the process of hollow casting in lead, and revolutionized the production of toy soldiers. The company quickly became the industry leader, and was imitated by many other companies, such as Hanks Bros. and John Hill and Co. The style and scale of Britain’s figures became the industry standard for toy soldiers for many years.

In 1907 the family proprietorship, William Britain & Sons, incorporated as Britains, Ltd. The Britain family controlled the firm until 1984 when it was sold to a British conglomerate, Dobson Park Industries. They combined the operations with an existing line of toys and renamed the company Britains Petite, Ltd. During the first half of the 20th century, Britains expanded its range and market. By 1931 the firm employed 450 at its London factory. The catalogue had expanded to 435 sets and twenty million models a year were being produced.

In the early 1950s Britains was associated with W. Horton Toys and Games which made the diecast Lilliput ranges of small-scale rather generic cars and trucks and other vehicles. Later, Britains acquired Herald Miniatures, plastic figures designed by Roy Selwyn-Smith. The company was also known for its American Revolutionary War soldiers.

Also in early 1950s, one of the first Britains vehicles was a Bluebird land speed record car of famed driver Sir Malcolm Campbell. It had a removable body and the box showed a detailed cut-away illustration of the car.

Sicilian Carretto Toy Model Horse Cart

May 1, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

HUGE Sicilian Carretto Toy Model Horse Cart Italy Sicily 1950’s Roses Knight yqz
Vintage Bright Colors On The Cart Shabby Chic Condition

Wonderful vintage toy/model of a Sicilian Carretto Horse Cart

. This cart is vibrant and lively depicting happy children and knight scenes. The cart is hitched to a large horse with many adornments and decorations. We are calling this shabby chic due to a leg issue (the front left leg is cracked all the way around, almost separated.), and the overall condition of his straps. Overall this would be a great restoration piece and would be absolutely amazing fully restored. Talk about potential! This measures approx. 28″ x 13″ x 13″. Good Luck!

The Sicilian cart (or carretto siciliano in Italian and carrettu sicilianu in Sicilian or carretti (plural)) is an ornate, colorful style of horse or donkey-drawn cart native to the island of Sicily, in Italy.

The carts were introduced to the island by the ancient Greeks. Carts reached the height of their popularity in the 1920s, when many thousand were on the island. The Museo del Carretto Siciliano, in Terrasini, in the province of Palermo, is a museum dedicated to the carts.

The craft of making the carts is handed down from generation to generation, through the training of apprentices. Carts are known for being covered in carvings and brightly painted scenes from Sicilian history and folklore as well as intricate geometrical designs. These scenes also served the purpose of conveying historical information to those who were illiterate. The colors of Palermo’s flag, yellow and red, feature prominently on the carts, along with details in bright blues and greens. The animals pulling the carts are often elaborately adorned as well.

Vintage 1947 Marx Military Army Jumpin Jeep Eccentric Windup Working Toy

March 29, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.
Sears Christmas 1947 Catalog For Seventy-Nine Cents

Sears Christmas 1947 Catalog For Seventy-Nine Cents

Original, Vintage 1947 Though every step may not always seem clear, TRUST God’s WAY! Jumpin Jeep Mechanical Tin Windup Toy. This wonderful post war toy was offered in the Sears

Christmas catalog for just 79 cents. The four soldier heads are 3-dimensional and were used on the early Marx racers. The Marx toy logo is printed on the driver side door. This great toy has been played with and is in used, working condition. There are some oxidation spots and the wheels are a little wobbly but it still winds up and it’s ready to roll. This is a really cool toy and measures approximately 5.75″ long x 4.25″ tall. Great addition to your military or antique toy collection. Good luck.

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