THOSE who love their larger scale model locomotives will be delighted at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s upcoming specialist collectors sale.
The various bundles on offer at the Friday, June 10 sale include a 3½-inch live steam engine.
This impressive and well-crafted piece is 70cm long and carries an estimate of £600-700.
In the ready-to-use line there are many ‘O’ and ‘OO’ gauge entries, including those of interest SR, LSWR and SE & CR.
Continuing the theme is a historically significant photograph album chronicling the construction of the Lower Shire & Shire Highland Railways in Nyasaland (now Malawi), between 1902 and 1909 with a £400-£500 pre-sale guide) .
From the same period, but closer to home, is a locally published postcard of a train crash in Highbridge in 1909 – one of 18 bundled lots of postcards in the sale.
If you were planning a long trip at the time, you would have been delighted with the Louis Vuitton brown leather case that features in the same Taunton auction. Guided at £150 to £200, this combines quality and style with practicality.
Time travel fans, however, will be drawn to a collection of autographs in which William Hartnell, television’s first Dr Who, makes an appearance.
He is joined by a number of the Doctor’s first assistants; and a host of others – from Dudley Moore and Sid James to the Somerset, Surrey and Yorkshire cricket teams of the early 1970s.
Among a fine selection of coins are numerous gold sovereigns and guineas, as well as a Mary I Scottish ryal (1565), a William III silver liard (1698), a George I crown (1720) and a Victoria Maundy silver set (1895).
As usual, the full catalog is available online and in print, and there will be opportunities to bid in the hall, by phone or via the live web link.
For details contact the auction house on 01823 332525 or email@example.com or visit the Octagon, East Reach, Taunton auction houses for a friendly chat.