Wallis and Wallis

Wallis & Wallis is a long established toy, militaria and collectables auction house based in Lewes in East Sussex.

The business dates back to 1928 when Major Patrick Stonall Wallis set up an estate agents and military auction house in Guildford. He later started a series of general auctions in East Sussex and was joined in 1962 by Roy Butler, the owner of military specialist The Collectors Shop in Kingston-Upon-Thames.

His son Glenn Butler joined the firm in the mid-1980s and expanded the business to offer regular sales of toys, coins, natural history, clocks and scientific instruments.


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Märklin fire engine from c.1902 fit for a museum exhibit

01 March 2021

Rated a museum-quality piece, this rare c.1902 spirit-fired Märklin fire engine led the field at toys specialist Wallis & Wallis (24% buyer’s premium).

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The other evacuation at the time of Dunkirk

22 June 2020

The 80th anniversary of Operation Dynamo, aka the Dunkirk evacuation in May-June 1940, has been in the headlines recently. However, less well known is the fate of the British 51st Highland Division almost 100 miles further along the French coast.

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Lizzie: the biggest and best Hornby loco

27 April 2020

Appearing in 1937, a couple of years after the locomotive itself was launched, the LMS Princess Elizabeth was the biggest and best locomotive that Hornby ever made.

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Measuring up for Great War action

19 November 2018

Such was the scale of the Great War that the Cameronians regiment alone raised 27 battalions from 1914-18.

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A world of difference in East Sussex saleroom

19 November 2018

A classic souvenir for Grand Tourists across the years, this pair of 19th century models of the temples of Vespasian and Castor and Pollux below was one of the stand-out lots at the Wallis & Wallis (20% buyer’s premium) four-day sale at Lewes.

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Tipp & Co – the real toy story

07 November 2012

The long history of Tipp & Co. of Nuremberg (1912-1971) ranks among the most illuminating of all 20th century toy stories.

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Big game rifles – a short history

18 August 2012

An interesting sporting gun found its way into Wallis & Wallis’s (17.5% buyer's premium) predominantly militaria sale in Lewes on June 12.

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Off the drawing board at £6400

15 June 2009

THIS mysterious liveried Austin A40 Dinky van made for the Spanish company Omnisport sold for £6400 on the phone to a British collector at Wallis & Wallis in Lewes, East Sussex on June 8.

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To my dear sweetheart, the best and latest killing machine…

18 January 2005

Wallis & Wallis, Lewes. November 23. Buyer’s premium: 15 per centSales of arms and militaria can, with their beautifully chased old flintlocks and exuberantly decorated uniforms, somehow skate over the fact that often what is on offer is, or was, associated with the darker side of humanity.

Collectors keep Dinkys rolling as Britains’ toy soldiers go marching on

04 January 2005

The continuing strength of the privately-fuelled market for unusual or quality toys in good condition saw Wallis & Wallis of Lewes boast healthy selling rates by volume in their specialist November and October toy sales.

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Foreign bids wins top gun

29 September 2004

BILLED as the top gun on the catalogue cover of the September 1 sales at Lewes arms and armour specialists Wallis & Wallis (15% buyer's premium), this c.1649 German or Dutch 34-bore wheel lock pistol lived up to its reputation.

By costly streamlined rarity to a stockbroker’s house

02 May 2002

One of only a few thousand produced, a 1935 Dinky Coachcraft, streamlined van, led this specialist toy sale in Sussex at Wallis and Wallis on 18 March.

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