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The latest entries on the main sales pages were posted at the end of June 2017.
The pages give details of all available stock at this date. All previous lists are void, other than the list of 0-gauge spare parts.
These web pages equate to my hard-copy List No. 101.
When I wrote my previous message in December 2016 I stated that as I have been trading and issuing lists for 28 years, during which time the market for old toys has changed considerably, future lists would be much shorter, with only major items individually listed. Unfortunately I have found it difficult to decide what is 'major' compared with 'minor'. Consequently, the content is 'the mixture as before', showing most of the items available line by line.
This will probably be the last listing for many of these items as I definitely plan to reduce my stock levels in the near future.
Once again, much new stock has been acquired during the first half of 2017, some of which has been listed in supplements, but there are some new items herein.
The major recent items of 0-gauge have been non-Hornby 'mainly kit-built and fine scale locomotives and rolling stock, but also including some Exley, Leeds Model Co. and Bassett-Lowke items.
The toy-fair circuit continues to gradually decline, and I have more free weekends than in previous years, and many weeks without a toy-fair at all. This enables me to indulge my many other interests apart from toys!
I still enjoy trading 'face-to-face' and it maintains my 'presence' in the market-place. I limit my travelling, as the cost of doing so is prohibitive. Most of my activity is within 30 miles of my home, with occasional forays as far as 100 miles. One of the major events of Winter-Spring 2017 was the Reading Vintage fair in February, which always proves to be an interesting and busy occasion.
Other memorable events during the period have been the small but popular 'Hornby Day' at Welling in Kent, the vintage event at Beckenham, also in Kent, the special Bassett-Lowke 2-day event in the G.W.R. 'Steam' Museum at Swindon and the 2-day Bassett-Lowke event at Tewin near Welwyn, Hertfordshire. But even small events such as the monthly evening fair at Hook (Hampshire) can turn up some interesting items. Also of note is the massive fair at Sandown Park Racecourse (Esher, Surrey) - the largest in Britain.
The best events seem to be specially-organised ones rather than general, even mega-toy-fairs, but the latter are sometimes good hunting grounds for new stock.
Within these pages...
I currently have only one English Hornby electric locomotive but some nice clockwork examples and several French Hornby ones. As mentioned above I currently have some interesting kit-built locomotives and coaches by Exley and Leeds. Nevertheless I still offer a comprehensive range of 0-gauge items both large and small, expensive and 'budget' items.
As with Hornby 0-gauge, the market for Hornby Dublo is chiefly restricted to uncommon or superb items, with little demand for run-of-the-mill stock.
Most of my 00-HO stock is made up of the large 'continental' collection acquired in 2016.
Some of the superb range of restored original Dinky Toys and Supertoys are included in this list, and my interest in Britain's countryside items has continued to expand..
As usual, nice items are quickly moved on, hence few desirable items remaining available on these lists.
Posting No.101 • July 2017
My offerings of tinplate and novelty items continues to change frequently. This current list includes two Mamod live-steam Plants (one boxed) and a range of Mamod accessories, plus some highly-novel Chinese tinplate clockwork-driven items. I have cut-back the Literature list considerably, giving just a 'flavour' if what is available, so if the 'taster' item raises your interest please ask for the back-up supplementary list.
Hints and tips
You may find that an item has been sold or reserved prior to your call or letter. However, if you miss an item I may be able to compensate by advising you of recently-acquired items which are not yet listed.
Meetings for Hornby enthusiasts are now held throughout the British Isles, monthly or bi-monthly. .You would be most welcome at any of them if you are within travelling distance. Details are given in the HRCA magazine. Berkshire meetings are held on the 2nd. Wednesday of each month, at Mortimer, RG7 5EQ,.
Although I no longer organise the renowned 'Reading Vintage' toy fair, this event is arguably THE BEST for vintage toys only. The next event will be held on Sunday 29th. October 2017. About 150 trading tables and many exhibitions are already booked.
The other major event in the South of England is that held at Sandown Park Racecourse. This caters for all classes and ages of toys, not just vintage.
allow time for me to deal with your orders. I employ no staff and can deal with one thing at one time only!
I try to despatch parcels within a few days of receipt of order/payment, but please allow up to 14 days before making a follow-up enquiry. Each premature enquiry tends to slow up the whole process!
Although I try to accommodate all enquiries, it would be appreciated if orders could be above £10.
The small print.........
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I thank you all for your custom, whether you have 'followed' me for all of the past quarter of a century, or are a recent visitor. .