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Buyers were found for 89 per cent of the 340 lots in their November 22 outing with a respectable 85 per cent of the 327 entries selling by lot in their previous October 11 sale.

Echoing trends seen in the specialist rounds of October and November toy sales hosted by the major London houses, some of the steadiest demand at the Lewes November outing was for the Dinky and Corgi toys, with all bar seven of the 86 lots selling.

While these ‘boys’ toys’ tend not to make lofty individual prices, an unusual Dinky 28 series delivery van in black and red livery with Sharp’s Toffee Maidstone in gold lettering, was one of the sale’s most expensive lots. In good condition, it fetched £620.

The star turn was a rare Britains Indian Mountain Battery, No 2013, comprising a mounted officer, six soldiers and four mules. Entered in their original box, their mint condition helped the set steal a march at £1600.

By contrast, in October, rarity outweighed condition for one of its most expensive lots: a Dinky Avro Vulcan Bomber with bent axles and missing a tip to its wing and some front wheels. It proved a must-have for one buyer who bid £300 for ownership.

Wallis & Wallis, Lewes
November 22 & October 11
Buyer’s premium: 15 per cent