Around 600 lots will be offered in a dedicated sale at Special Auction Services on March 20-21 in Newbury, Berkshire.
The collection is the fruit of a couple’s abiding passion for Tri-ang – particularly large wooden toys, dolls houses and furniture.
“The collection fitted neatly into a medium-sized house, but there wasn’t room for much else in it. We took it out in around five vanloads,” said Hugo Marsh, director and specialist at SAS. “There have only been two similar sales since the late 1980s and this is one is far more comprehensive and impressive, in my view.”
The auction will feature more than 100 dolls houses, hundreds of pieces of furniture, dozens of wood and steel vehicles, toy ships and Tri-ang’s range of Minic-branded metal model road vehicles. It also includes toys by British manufacturers Burnett, Chad Valley and Swallow, and German penny toys.
They will include a c.1913 G&J Lines 147A wooden water cart and horse, a Tri-ang pressed steel and diecast Thames Trader ‘Pickfords’ mechanical horse and pantechnicon, a large 1920s Tri-ang wooden General Omnibus No 1, and this c.1928 Tri-ang Queen’s Dolls’ House above – an exact replica of the dolls house furnished by Queen Mary. Each carry an estimate of £200-300.
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