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Rare model locomotive steams ahead to achieve £3,500 in Specialist Collectors’ Sale

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Cuttlestones’ first major sale of 2017 turned up some rather interesting star lots from a particularly diverse catalogue.

The biggest star of the show came from the Model Railway & Scratch Built section in the form of Lot 452, a Scratch built 5” gauge Midland Railway 4-2-ZII single locomotive, No 2601 “Princess of Wales” and tender, together with related plans and photographs. Mounted on track on display stand with electric lights and electric motor fitted to move the locomotive on the track for display, the lot achieved an impressive £3,500 despite missing its boiler certificate. Performances across the 73-lot strong section were generally strong, with railwayana collectors out in force in the room and on the internet.

Vintage photography also proved popular among bidders. From the Local Books & Ephemera Section, Lot 189 – an interesting Victorian photograph album/scrapbook of Staffordshire/Derbyshire interest – sold for an impressive £1,200. Containing photographs of many Staffordshire properties such as Okeover Hall, Shugborough and Sudbury, alongside photographs of notable families including the Waterparks, Cavendishes, Vernons, Ansons, Pagets, Bagots and more; some pages are beautifully illustrated in watercolour and others contain collages to provide a fascinating glimpse into local history.

Meanwhile, in the Photography & Binoculars section, it was transport and industrial history that was getting bidders hot under the collar. Lot 220A, some twenty albums of various Civil Engineering and Transport photographs, saw the hammer fall at £2,000.

The next of the star lots hailed from the Music Interest & Music section. – Lot 354 – an Epiphone Excellent electric guitar with faux tortoise shell decoration and eagle design, complete with hard carry case, sold for £2,000. Also in this section, Lot 536 a vintage ‘Gretsch Rancher’ acoustic guitar with later “De Armond” electric attachment, again in hard case, achieved £950.

Finally, in the Military & Weapons section, Lot 49 – a Third Reich army dagger with pebble finish scabbard, bearing double etched blade by Carl Julius Krebs of Solingen, sold for £950. A classic spoil of war, the lot was obtained by the vendors’ father, who was in the 6th Airborne regiment, during the Allied advance to the Elbe at the village of Udzen. It was reportedly found in the home of a high ranking German officer who had been at Stalingrad where he was severely wounded.

Full sale results, including hammer prices, can be found online here – to arrange a valuation, call 01785 714905 or email [email protected]

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